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November 1987, No. 1, Volume 1 



President, Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson 
Alumnae Association Officers 

Lindsay Ryland Gouldthorpe '73 President 

Anita Thee Graham '50 1st Vice-President 

Marie Westbrook Bream '82 Vice-President for Admissions 

Gini Gates DiStanislao '84 Vice-President for Annual Giving 

Susan Sisler '82 Vice-President for Chapter Development 

Meg Ivy Crews '74 Vice-President for Finance 

Carolyn Haldeman Hawkins '63 Chairman, Continuing 

Education Committee 
Barbara Knisely Roberts '73 Chairman, Homecoming 

Martha Masters Ingles '69 Recording Secretary; Chairman 

Nominating Committee 
Lee Johnston Foster '74 Ex-Officio, Executive Director of 

Alumnae Activities 

Editorial Board 

Lee Johnson Foster '75, Chair 

Carolyn Haldeman Hawkins '63 

Patricia Lovelace, College Chaplain 

Lundy Pentz, Associate Professor of Biology 

William Pollard, CoUege Librarian 

Betty Engle Stoddard '60 

Editor, R. Eric Staley 
Managing Editor, Tamera Hintz 
Art Director, Marsha Vayvada 
Graphic Designer, Rick Bukoskey 

The Mary Baldunn Magazine is published by Mary Baldwin College, 
Office of College Relations, Staunton, VA 24401. © Copyright by 
Mary Baldwin College. All rights reserved. 

Front Cover; 

Following tradition, Mary 
Baldwin College students 
of the 1940's share social 
time with men from other 





24 November 1987 

The Mary Baldwin Magazine Editorial Board 
Lee Foster Lundy Pentz 

Carolyn Hawkins Bill Pollard -^ 
Betty Stoddard Pat Lovelace 

Eric Staley 

First issue (!) 

Well, here it is, the long awaited first issue of our 
"book," as it's known in the trade. I think we have much to 
be proud of, and I want to thank you all for your efforts. 

There is much work to be done, of course, and we can 
expect the second issue to be better than the first. We 
have, for instance, addressed the proof-reading problem in a 
recent meeting of the editorial board, and our agenda was 
timely. I'm pleased we came up with some good ideas on this. 
It is impossible to have too many eyes read copy! 

My staff will be conducting a "post-mortem" on the 
magazine, and we will make production decisions on future 
issues accordingly. We — all of us involved in this 
magazine — will be our harshest critics, of course. So it is 
good to remember that, like a slightly blemished baby, to a 
mother's eyes we should first see this as a thing of beauty 
and a joy forever, and watch it grow with pride. 

cc: College Relations staff 
John T. Rice 
Cynthia H. Tyson 

ovember 1987, No. 1, Volume 1 


Rufus William Bailey 
founded Augusta Female 
Seminary in 1842. 

MBC Alumna con- 
tributes to the success of 
the class reunions. 


The renovation of 
Academic Hall presents a 
brighter atmosphere. 

2 Overture 

2 President's Message 

4 Cause For Celebration 

8 In Search of a New World View 
11 Coming of Age: A Decade of Adult Education 
32 The Janeites 

R. Eric Staley 

Cynthia H. Tyson 

William Pollard 

Patricia Lovelace 

James Harrington 

James Lott 

12 At Mary Baldin 

Retention Peaks at 86.2 Percent 

Leadership Weekend '87: MBC Volunteers in Action 

Tradition and Innovation Blend in Academic 

MBC and the Sakae Institute: A Unique Combination 

Young Writers From Around the World Visit MBC 

Executive Committee: Working to Keep in Touch 

MBC Sports: New Athletic Facilities Will Arrive Just In Time 

How Humor Helps You Think 

24 Alumnae News 

A Message From Lindsay Gouldthorpe 

Lester Scholarship 

New Staff 

New Alumnae Awards 

Chapters in Action 

27 Class Notes 


Welcome to The Mary Baldwin Magazine, a 
new publications effort of the College in 
support of her alumnae and friends. It has 
been quite some time since the College 
produced a magazine for its family, and — 
you will agree — never one quite like this. 

We hope you will enjoy this premiere 
issue. The College staff behind the magazine 
has admittedly embarked upon an adventure 
and an experiment which only you, the 
readers, can truly evaluate for us. An editorial 
advisory board has been established with Lee 
Johnston Foster '74, executive director of 
alumnae activities, as its chair, and the board 
invites your general comments and sug- 
gestions for articles. 

Lee is joined on that board by two fellow 
alumnae, Carolyn Haldeman Hawkins '63 and 
Betty Engle Stoddard '60; and three members 
of the College's staff and faculty, William 
Pollard, Librarian; Pat Lovelace, Chaplain; 
and Dr. Lundy Pentz, Associate Professor of 
Biology. Carolyn and Betty serve an "at- 
large" function, and are on the look-out for 
alumnae involvement with the magazine. Bill, 
Pat, and Lundy represent "fields" of interest: 
Bill for College history and archives, Pat 
for humanities and philosophical issues, and 
Lundy for the sciences. All members of the 
board share a responsibility for magazine 
policy and development of contents. 

Occasionally, you will find articles in The 
Mary Bnldioin Magazine authored by board 
members. This premiere issue offers two such 
examples. Bill Pollard writes about early plans 
for the College's Sesquicentennial year in 
1992, and Pat Lovelace has offered some 
thoughts on cultural literacy. 

Jim Harrington, director of the College's 
Adult Degree Program, follows with an article 
on the 10th anniversary of that program. ADP 
now has an enrollment of over 400 adult 
students, and each year the program adds 
significantly to our growing family. 

All in all, an ambitious first issue. When 
you add the notes on campus life, the report 
on alumnae activity, the award-winning short 
story by Dr. James Lott, Dean of the College, 
and all the general information, we hope you 
will find a lot of good reading here. Enjoy. 





There's nothing like a weekend of visitors on campus to focus the mind. 
Recently we had the pleasure of our Alumnae Board of Directors, the Parents 
Council, the Advisory Board of Visitors, and the parents of the freshman and 
senior classes all on campus together for two to three days. In those two to 
three days, one must attempt to convey the many aspects of our work, both 
routine and unusual, and to do so in a way which provides specificity and deta 
to those with particular interests but which, at the same time, provides each 
person with a sure sense of how each particular task fits into the overriding 

My attempt during this visit was, then, to say to all 

— that campus renovations are not only good 
stewardship, but are also essential to appropriai 
standards of living and learning; 

— that new building is essential to providing our 
students with up-to-date and ahead-of-time 
learning environments; 

— that fund raising is daily business, for we run a 
business at Mary Baldwin College and must be 
fiscally sound; 

— that networking and visibility among all our 
constituencies helps us keep the name of Mary 
Baldwin College on the publics' mind in positiv 

— that enrollments are our lifeblood and that we 
recruit with the help of our many friends and 
that we must market and promote our College i 
creative and assertive ways; 

— that purchase of computers and other technical 
aids provides our faculty and students with the 
latest enhancements to teaching and learning 
and that, if we don't have these aids, students 
may then go elsewhere to other colleges that dc 

— that we must have constant work on our 
academic programs, for one has never ended th 
task of interpretation and reinterpretation of 
what our mission of liberal arts combined with 
career preparation means in the daily experienc 
of faculty and students; 

— that, through the Sena Center for Career and 
Life Planning, we take seriously the practical 
needs of our students to translate education int 
plans and action for the life as it is to be lived c 
the day after graduation and 40 or 50 years late: 

— that we constantly enhance our dedication to 
life-long learning by living it out through the 
Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, the 
traditional program, and the Adult Degree 
Program as a continuum of learning evidenced 
on a daily basis; 

— that we must embrace all we do within a context 
of ethical and moral concern. 

These are all parts of our work, but each must be seen as but one segment of 
the larger mission which motivates all combined. 

Our controlling mission is, of course, our academic and student service 
programs, and, central to that mission, our faculty, our academic standards, our 
students, our graduates: program and product. 

Our students are bright and ambitious, we are diligent in working with them, 
the standard we require is high, and we supply the individual attention to help 
each student reach it. If this were not so, then all the buildings to be constructed 
or restored, all the networking among our friends, all the marketing and 
promoting one can imagine, are not worth doing. 

The joy of Mary Baldwin College, however, is that we constantly focus on the 
isum of the parts, on the totality, on the central mission. On this foundation 
alone stands our success. That's where we pledge to continue to focus the 
institutional mind. 



Dr. James I Kirnngtcn, Director of the Adult Degree Program, 
congratulates ADP graduate. 

Cause for 

1842-1992: 150 years of education 

for women. Cause for celebration, indeed 

; "^1^ ^^P 

Imagine, if you will, the Staunton of 1842, the 
5taunton into which Rufus William Bailey, his wife 
md two daughters stepped, bringing with them the 
/ision of an institution of learning for women that 
A^e know as Mary Baldwin College. 

Staunton was at the intersection of east-west and 
lorth-south turnpike roads, and it attracted a good 
imount of commerce. It could boast of five taverns 
:o serve the needs of travelers and several houses 
jf worship to nurture the souls of its inhabitants, 
rhere were a dozen or so retail stores, a post office, 
I library, and a newspaper. It was the seat of 
'Augusta County, which had a population of almost 

What brought the Baileys to Staunton, we do not 

A New Englander, born in Maine, Rufus William 
3ailey was an 1813 graduate of Dartmouth College. 

He read law under Daniel Webster for a year before 
he decided to enter the ministry. After graduation 
from Andover Theological Seminary, he served in 
various posts as minister and teacher in Vermont 
and Massachusetts. Recognized for his ability, Mr. 
Bailey returned to Dartmouth in 1821 as the Phi 
Beta Kappa orator and, in the same year, was 
offered the presidency of the University of 
Vermont, an honor he declined. Hoping that the 
warmer climate of the South would improve his 
delicate health, Mr. Bailey moved his family to 
South Carolina, and he devoted fifteen years to 
preaching and teaching in the Carolinas before 
coming to Staunton. 

We do know he came with a plan — a plan to 
establish a school for young women such as he had 
established in South Carolina and Massachusetts. 
And by August of 1842, he had found support for 

the opening of the Augusta Female Seminary. The 
Seminary flourished for seven years, and then Mr. 
Bailey resigned to become the Virginia agent for the 
American Colonization Society. There followed 
fourteen years of decline until a woman who had 
been a quiet, timid thirteen-year-old student in 
Mr. Bailey's first class became principal. 

Mary Julia Baldwin began the restoration of the 

Seminary in 1863, despite the deprivations brough 
on by war. For the next thirty-four years she 
devoted all her energies to the school so effecfivel 
that it came to be known as "Miss Baldwin's" anc 
she was spoken of as the institution's second 
founder. Her nearly miraculous accomplishments 
were recognized when the Board of Trustees 
renamed it Mary Baldwin Seminary in 1895, two 
years before her death. 

The wrifings of Rufus Bailey, especially his 
Daughters At School, reveal his philosophy of 
education for women: "to give the pupil a solid a 
useful education and then to supply that which is 
ornapiental so far as may be required ..." Miss 
Baldwin subscribed to that philosophy and sough 
to strengthen it by means of curriculum improve- 
ments. She was warned by the famous educator 1 
H. McGuffey, whom she consulted on these 
matters, that she might make the course of study 
too demanding for the school ever to be 
popular. Obviously, neither founder 
envisioned a finishing school. 

Two founders with a vision of the 
proper education for women offe: 

reason enough for celebration, but the reasons are 
many: the growth into a junior and then a senior 
college; the great expansion of the campus; the 
Adult Degree Program; the Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted; the leadership of the 
principals and presidents who followed Miss 
Baldwin; the generations of dedicated faculty 
members; the proud yield of Mary Baldwin College 
— the thousands of alumnae and their 
accomplishments . 

So it will be that, in 

1992, the College will 
celebrate its Sesqui- 
centennial Year. A 
committee of fifteen 
persons was appointed 
by President Cynthia H. 
Tyson in the summer of 
1987 to begin formu- 
lating plans. The 
committee will develop 
goals and a theme for 
the months-long 
celebration, and it has 
already determined that 
the observance will 
feature activities in four 
areas: historical, 
academic, cultural, and 

At this early date, the most definite plans 
:oncern the updating of the College's written 
Kistory which ended in 1942 with the publication of 
Vlary Watters' The History of Man/ Baldwin College. 
Dr. Patricia H. Menk, Professor Emeritus of 
History, will undertake the task with assistance by 
Dr. Kenneth W. Keller, Associate Professor of 
History. Apropos of her new duties. Dr. Menk has 
3een designated Historian-in-Residence and 
assigned an office in Grafton Library. 

Other plans are not certain at this time, but 
surely there will be lectures, symposia, concerts, 
:heatrical peformances, art exhibits, and parties. 
Remember the Ham and Jam bookends and the 
kVedgwood commemorative plates? They may be 
available again in 1992. 

The Sesquicentennial will serve to remind us of 
:he vision of the College's founders and of how 

that vision has been realized over a century and 
a half through the dedication of countless 
people: administrators, faculty, staff, and 

Cause for celebration, indeed. 

William C. Pollard 

Sesquicentennial Planning Committee 

Marjorie B. Chambers, Professor Emeritus of 

Fletcher Collins, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Theatre 
Martha S. Grafton, Dean Emeritus of the College 
Thomas H. Grafton, Professor Emeritus of 

Kenneth W. Keller, Associate Professor of History 
Dolores P. Lescure, former Editor, Manj Baldwin 

College Bulletin 
Patricia H. Menk, Professor Emeritus of History 
Jill Moore, Class of 1991 
P. William Moore, Sr., former member. Board of 

Dorothy M. Mulberry, Professor of Spanish 
Martha Pool Page, Class of 1948 
William C. Pollard, College Librarian and Archivist 
Beverly M. Read, member. Advisory Board of 

Anne S. Smith, Class of 1945 
R. Eric Staley, Executive Director of College 


In Search 

For years it has been whispered about in facuUy lounges. Anecdotes have been told, retold, embellished perhaps, but preserved in oral 
tradition like the sacred stories of the tribe. But now the secret is out: American students are cultural illiterates. They don't know the date of 
the Civil War, the location of Nebraska, can't identify Joseph McCarthy. They lack large bodies of general knowledge that previous 
generations have considered essential for educated people. 

Among those letting the cat out of the bag are best-selling authors E.D. Hirsch, Jr., of the University of Virginia in Cultural Literacy, and 

Allan Bloom of the University of Chicago in The Closing of the American Mind. Not since Sputnik has there been such a frenzy of national self 

examination of the effectiveness of education. Indicted have been teaching methods, television, textbooks, the length of the school year, 

and the entire decade of the sixties. Surely there is plenty of blame to go round, but the roots of this trend probably run deeper than any of 

the obvious reasons. 

People have no trouble remembering the stories, symbols, history, and myths that define who they are and give their lives meaning. For 

thousands of years if vou asked religious Jews to define themselves, they would incant, "A wandering 

Aramean was my father; and he went down into Egypt and sojourned there ..." (Deuteronomy 26:5ff . ) They 

lived out of their cultural world; it was not information they memorized in order to shine at cocktail parties or 

win at Trivial Pursuit. It was the air they breathed and the water in which they swam. The people and their 

^^ culture were inseparable. 

^_^ B Unfortunately modern Americans have no such cultural world in which to live. Our time has been dubbed 

m^ ^^ ^^^ "postmodern." It doesn't even have a name of its own; it is just a "post," a time between times. The cultural 

I I I heritage which informed our grandparents and the generations before them no longer carries for us our 

^^^^ ^L identity, or meaning and hope. Our children cannot quite remember the history of the nation or the stories of 

the Bible because no one but textbook and teacher ever seem to refer to them or 
find them meaningful. 

The most graphic example of this came my way last Christmas. A friend told me 
that her daughter had come to her one afternoon and asked, "What is so special 
about the birth of Jesus? Aren't all babies special when thev are born?" The 
mother began to recite what she had learned from childhood: God had sent his 
only son to earth. Jesus had died to save us from our sins. Suddenly she stopped 
right in the middle of her answer to her daughter. She told me, "I realized that I 
didn't believe that. I don't teach my children that someone else can bear the 
consequences of what they do. I teach them to be 
responsible for themselves and their actions." So she 
simply said to her seven-year-old, "I don't know 
why Jesus is so special." 

In thinking back through my own childhood I 
keep picturing the barristers bookcase with the glass- 
fronted doors that was in my grandparents' house. 
On the top shelf was a set of books called "The 
Outline of Knowledge." If memory serves me cor- 
rectly, it contained 
mainly excerpts from the 
writings of the great 
philosophers and some 
history. I am not sure 
anyone ever read the 
books. Occasionally I 
would gingerly lift up the 
glass door, slide it 

a New 

World View 

by Patricia H. Lovelace 

back, and pull off the shelf one of these distinctly bound books made to look as if they were leather instead of cheap, brown boards. 1 would 
peer inside, try to read a paragraph or two, give up and put it back on the shelf. But it gave me a sense of order and security knowing that on 
the top shelf of my grandfather's bookcase contained an "outline" of all in this world that was worth knowing. The wisdom of the ages was 
there in identically-bound volumes. All 1 had to do was read them and the cumulative heritage of Western civilization would be mine. My 
own children are growing up in a household cluttered with books, magazines, professional journals, and newspapers. They spill out of 
bookshelves, are stacked in none-too-neat piles by the bed, gather in messy heaps on the coffee table, in the bathroom, and on the tops of 
radiators. But there is no "Outline of Knowledge," no set of books to symbolize the organized and accumulated cultural heritage we wish to 
pass on to our children. 

The breakdown of meanings in our time has been a constant theme in the novels of Roman Catholic Walker Percy. He has contrasted this 
era and its literature to the world of Robinson Crusoe "whose hero has been shipwrecked on a desert island — with important differences. 
This island is even stranger than Crusoe's. For one thing, although it is overpopulated, many of its inhabitants 
feel lonely as Crusoe. For another thing, Crusoe saw himself as an intact member of European Christendom, 
and even a desert island has a tissue of meaningful signs . Such and such an animal track spelled danger. Such as 
such a fruit meant eat me. He knew what to do. But the castaway of the twenheth-century novel does not know 
who he is, where he came from, what to do, and the signs on the island are ambiguous. If he does encounter 
another human, a man Friday, he has trouble communicating with him. Certainly if two postmodern men met 
on an island today like Crusoe and Friday, neither would dream of trying to convert the other — for conversion 
implies there is something to be converted from and converted to . . . The Christian notion of man as a wayfarer 
in search of his salvation no longer informs Western culture. What most of us seem to be seeking in its place are 
such familiar goals as maturity, creativity, autonomy, rewarding interpersonal 
relations, and so forth."' 

How can we fault our children and their schools for not passing along our 
cultural heritage when we their parents find our meaning and identity, not in a 
shared story, a consensus about symbols and values, but in personal relation- 
ships, career goals, and "life style"? John Chandler has said, "The preoccupation 
of the best and brightest people of American society with what they eat, how they 
dress, and how they can succeed at making love and money is a sobering 
commentary on the shallowness of our values."- Sobering, yes, but in a time of 
shifting values, nothing larger or more ennobling 
than self-interest and self-enhancement has the abil- 
ity to command the loyalty, respect, and even sac- 
rifice of a significant number of people. There is no 
reality out there to give them meaning and purpose. 
And so they come to measure life by the "comfort 
index": how much do I own, how comfortable am I, 
how high can I personally rise in my chosen career, 
how happy am I? 

Before we engage in an 
orgy of guilt, it is only fair -- 

to say that we didn't kill 
the old cultural world. It 
died in the concentration 
camps in Germany, on 
the battlefields in the 
Pacific and Europe, in the 
sky over Hiroshima, in 

Dallas when a young President was felled by gunshots. We didn't kill it, but we are stuck with learning 
to live between the times. We are having to reinvent what it means to be human. The Western world, 
like a woman in labor, is giving birth to a new world view. We cannot know what it will look like, if it will 
be healthy or not, what its name will be. It is fairly clear what it will have to address in order to be useful. 

This new world view will have to find new ways of dealing with pluralism and diversity. None of the 
most popular methods of doing that are going to be adequate for the future. Simple tolerance will not 
work, for that becomes indifference and leads to a relativization of values. "You believe what you want 
to believe and I'll believe what I want to believe. It doesn't make any difference. All systems and values 
are equal." Reducing differences to the lowest common denominator will not work because it flattens 
out the differences and robs every tradition of its depth, richness, and uniqueness. "We all really believe 
the same thing when you get right down to it." Dogmatism will not work because it leads to extreme 
conflict and even violence. "My world view and beliefs are absolutely right; yours are wrong.'" A new 
world view will have to mine the richness of many traditions without lapsing into any of the above 

Any new world view will have to include a new way for people to relate to the rest of the created order. 
"Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it. . . ." might have been an apt model for 
nineteenth-centurv people. It will no longer work. We can already see the beginnings of a new world 
view emergmg from ecology. It is fascinating how many Americans can tell you about the way the native 
Americans have understood their place in nature. People are searching for new metaphors and symbols 
to express what they have learned from science and ecology. 

A new world view will have to find new paths to peace. Neither the liberals nor the conservatives have 
even come close to giving us a new way of living in this world without constant war and international 
tension. That does not mean the task is impossible. It means it will be up to this generation and 
generations to come to build the new highway through the wilderness of fear and hatred to international 
peace and respect. 

Any new world view will encompass a new economic order. Capitalism, socialism, and Marxism- 
Leninism-Maoism are the relatively recent ways humankind has distributed its goods and services and 
thought about its economic life. None of them will be adequate for all time. Entirely new systems will 
emerge, rooted in the old systems to be sure, but not like anything we can see now. 

We live in hard times and feel the labor pains of a world giving birth to a new age. We can help shape 
the future a bit. We can begin to search for new meanings while holding onto the best of the old and 
trying to appropriate it in new ways. We can be very patient with our world and with one another as we 
endure. But Hirsch's list of things we should all know will not resurrect the old world. So be it. 

'Walker Percy, "The Diagnostic Novel: On the Uses of Modern Fiction," Harper's Magazine, June 1986. 
'John Chandler, "Faith, Reason, and Liberal Learning," a speech given at Wake Forest University, February 

3, 19S4. Chandler is President of the Association of American Colleges and former President of Williams 

'The three "responses" to pluralism and diversity are those of David Tracy of the Divinity School of the 

University of Chicago, as given in an article, "Christianity in the Wider Context: Demands and 

Transformations," from the journal Religion and Intellectual Life, Summer, 1987 (Vol. IV, No. 4). 

Coming of Age: 

V of us who are ^^^^ 

For many of us who are 
involved in the work of 
the Mary Baldwin College 
Adult Degree Program, it is 
difficult to believe that a 
decade has passed since its 
establishment in the Fall of 
1977. We are taking the oc- 
casion of our tenth anni- 
versary to reflect on our 
Program's origins and to 
take note of the events and 
individuals who played a 
role in the development of 
what is now a nationally 
recognized and widely ad- 
mired model of the way 
institutions can and 
should serve their adult 

In the Fall of 1976, 
former President Virginia 
Lester appointed a faculty 
committee to studv the 
feasibility of developing a 
new program at Mary Bald- 
win College — uniquely 
designed to serve the learn- 
ing needs of an adult stu- 
dent population. In this 
committee's deliberations, 
great emphasis was di- 
rected to the challenge of 
designing a programmatic 
struchare which took 
account of the life cir- 
cumstances of adult learn- 
ers: attention was paid to 
the fact that most adults 
have a complex mix of 
commitments — to careers, 
to families, to civic and 
church responsibilities — 
and that an effectively- 
designed program would 
need to be flexible in terms 
of time and place. The 
committee also recognized 
the overriding need to de- 
sign the program in such a 
way as to remain true to 
the fundamental values of 
the College, which took 
seriously its role as an 
undergraduate, liberal-arts 
instihation of high quality. 
The committee's design 
for the new program met 
these tests and was ap- 
proved by the faculty and 
the Board of Trustees in 
January of 1977. Professor 
Dudley Luck, who had 
chaired the faculty com- 
mittee, was asked to take 
over the role of organizing 

A Decade of 
Adult Education 

by James ]. Harrington 

and managing the newly- 
approved Adult Degree 
Program, and she became 
its Director in the Winter of 
1977. Professor Luck spent 
her first few months as 
Director in intensive study 
in the principles and prac- 
tice of adult education and 
in program designs which 
had proved themselves at 
other institutions. From 
these efforts evolved the 
basic structure of the pro- 
gram and the necessary 
procedures for handling 
recruiting, admission, ad- 
vising, curriculum plan- 
ning, and enrollment 

The program was off 
and running in the Fall of 
1977 with the enrollment of 
the first entering class of 
eight intrepid and adven- 
turesome students. They 
encountered a college com- 
munity which was ready to 
serve them, and a faculty 
which was prepared — 
thanks to their own incli- 
nations toward inclusive- 
ness and to training in- 
special teaching techniques 
which was supported by 
the Fund for the Improve- 
ment of Post-secondary 
Education — to work with 
them toward the realization 
of their academic goals. 

From these beginnings, 
and fueled by these early 
successes, the Adult 
Degree Program has grown 
in size, complexity, and 
significance. In 1982, under 
the leadership of then- 
Director Connie Galloway, 
the "outreach" spirit of the 
program resulted in the es- 

tablishment of our first Re- 
gional Center in Richmond. 
Our notion was that we 
could serve our students 
more capably if we were 
closer to them and closer to 
the network of educational 
resources of which they 
would be availing them- 
selves in pursuit of their 
degrees. This decision 
strengthened the program 
and added to its visibility 
throughout the Common- 
wealth. Since that time, we 
have established three ad- 
ditional Regional Centers 
— in Roanoke (1984), Char- 
lottesville (1985), and 
Southside (1985). 

The two most recently 
established Centers are of 
particular interest in that 
each is located on the 
campus of the community 
college in the region. Our 
cooperative relationships 
with Piedmont Virginia 
Community College and 
with Southside Virginia 
Community College are 
unique in the world of 
higher education, and have 
been excellent examples of 
inter-institutional com- 
mitment to meeting the 
needs of adult learners. 

The story of the pro- 
gram's success cannot be 
told apart from an account 
of the splendid people 
who have invested their 
energies and talents in its 
progress. In those early 
days. Professors Luck and 
Galloway were sustained, 
just as I am today, by the 
leadership of a president 
who was an expert on the 
design and administration 

of non-traditional academic 
programming for adults. 
President Cynthia H. 
Tyson, like Dr. Lester 
before her, is no stranger 
to the concept of non-tradi- 
tional education and has a 
well-deserved national 
reputation as a leader in 
this field. Throughout the 
program's history, its direc- 
tors have enjoyed the col- 
leagueship of an impressive 
group of ADP faculty — 
now numbering eleven 
members. Their profes- 
sionalism and devotion to 
the cause of adult edu- 
cation have been instru- 
mental in the program's 
remarkable success. Like- 
wise, the entire faculty and 
staff of Mary Baldwin Col- 
lege has proved its dedi- 
cation over the past 

The students who have 
been served by the pro- 
gram have rewardeci these 
efforts with a remarkable 
record of achievement, 
academic integrity, and in- 
tellectual curiosity. For 
most adult learners, the 
decision to enroll in the 
Adult Degree Program rep- 
resents a major life decision 
— often inspired by some 
significant life transition 
(divorce, "empty nest," job 
change) or professional 
necessity. Adult learners 
must balance their learning 
objectives against a number 
of other demands on their 
time and resources. A sig- 
nificant number of ADP 
students manage all of 
these demands in addition 
to a full load of academic 

work each semester. Those 
of us who serve them are 
often inspired by their 
motivahon, self-discipline, 
clarity of purpose, and de- 
termination. Their per- 
sistence-to-graduation rate 
is twice the national aver- 
age for programs of our 
type, and their perfor- 
mance has helped to ad- 
vance the program's role 
and reputation. 

Mary Baldwin College is 
fortunate in having a thriv- 
ing Adult Degree Program. 
Like most manifestations of 
good fortune, the program 
came into being and con- 
tinues to prosper because 
of the College's sense of 
commitment to a popula- 
tion of adult learners and 
because of the institution's 
own sense of confidence in 
itself to plan wisely and to 
serve well. From a student 
body of eight, we have 
grown to over four hun- 
dred and twenty. Over 
four hundred and fifty men 
and women — from all 
over Virginia, from other 
states, and from as far 
away as Hong Kong, have 
received their degrees 
through the program and 
have joined the ranks of 
the Mary Baldwin College 
alumnae. The program staff 
has grown from one Direc- 
tor and one secretary 
through the addition of 
eleven full-time faculty, 
stationed on campus and 
at four regional centers 
throughout the state. 

It is a privilege to be in- 
volved with the Adult 
Degree Program — and es- 
pecially at this juncture in 
its history. This is a time of 
great strengthening for 
Mary Baldwin College as 
we enter into a major re- 
newal effort in preparation 
for our sesquicentennial. 
For me, the success en- 
joyed by the Adult Degree 
Program over the years is a 
manifestation of the sense 
of adventure, excitement, 
and competence which 
characterize Man,' Baldwin 
College's view of itself and 
vision for its future. 




Retention Peaks at 86.2 Percent 

With retention at an all time high of 86.2 percent 
and admissions at a 5 percent increase, one of Mary 
Baldwin's most important assets, its students, is 
stronger than ever. Dr. Lewis Askegaard, Registrar, 
says, "Retention is now highest in the history of 
Mary Baldwin. It's a 15% improvement over last 
year and 22% better than our average." 

He believes the College's retention and attraction 
of students is a combination of special Mary Baldwin 
characteristics. "Programs like the Doshisha 
program in Japan are interesting, and the business 
program is really taking off. Also, we're the only 
women's college that 
offers high-powered 
business and communi- 
cations programs. 
People are excited about 
the growth in programs 
and faculty," he says. 

According to Dr. 
Askegaard, personal 
attention is another 
reason students seldom 
transfer from Mary 
Baldwin to other 
schools. "Because 
interpersonal relations 
are really important to 
our students, the new 
design of Academic Hall 
includes office and 
lecture rooms grouped 
by discipline. This gives 
students a sense of 
continuity and easier 
access to their pro- 
fessors because generally their offices are close to 
the classrooms in which they teach." 

Dr. John Haire, Director of the Rosemarie Sena 
Center for Career and Life Planning believes the 
special programs keep the students excited about 
academics. He says, "We're really making progress. 
We're showing students the applications of their 
education, and we're showing them that the liberal- 
arts education applies to all areas of life. When they 
realize this application through a work setting, they 
get excited about the opportunities and don't even 
consider leaving Mary Baldwin." 

Most students agree that, as freshmen, the 
friendliness is what draws them to Mary Baldwin. 
However, seniors tend to say that the expanding 

academic programs, up-to-date facilities, and hands- 
on involvement in their majors are the qualities that 
keep them at MBC through graduation. 

Joanna Kenyon, a MBC senior says, "There are 
so many opportunities. I've had externships with 
the Chamber of Commerce in Alexandria and I 
spent a summer in Japan observing their govern- 
ment. Also, I've been involved with the MBC 
Senate since my freshman year, and now I'm the 
SGA President. I considered transferring once; I 
think everyone does. 1 thought about going to the 
University of Virginia for their business school, but 

32% Personal 


after thinking about the reasons why 1 chose Mary 
Baldwin I never even filled out an application. With 
our small classes and our up-to-date facilities, our 
academics are moving with the times. When you're 
happy with your classes, you're not going to 
seriously consider leaving." 

Senior, Lisa Derby says, "When 1 talk about the 
Mary Baldwin education, the word opportunity 
really says it. I'm a Marketing/Communications 
major and I had an externship with an ABC affiliate 
in Jackson, Mississippi. Before this externship I 
took a course from Dr. DeLeeuw who is really a 
happening person. He helped prepare me for my 
externship. For example, my boss handed me a 
paper and said 'Edit and dub this,' and I could. I 


was already familiar with the equipment and in 
fact, the equipment that we learn on here at Mary 
Baldwin is more advanced than the equipment of 
the station in Jackson. . .I'm really proud of this 

Monica Derbes, an English/Theatre major, agrees 
that Mary Baldwin has offered her opportunities. "1 

"With our small classes and our 
up-to-date facilities, our aca- 
demics are moving with the 
times. When you're happy with 
your classes you're not going to 
seriously consider leaving." 

like Mary Baldwin because the people are up front 
and there is an overall sense of 'we care.' The only 
time I really thought about transferring was when 1 
was homesick. I decided to stick it out, and I'm 
sure glad I did. I've gotten so independent being 
away 1 believe I can go forth and look for the 
challenge. That's something 1 would have missed if 
1 had transferred." Monica Derbes has been active 
in the theatre, has had an externship with a law 
firm in Adanta and participated in the Virginia 
Program at Oxford. 

Although it is clear that academic programs, per- 
sonal attention, and career preparation at Mary 
Baldwin keep students here, what is it that attracts 
them in the first place? 

Rachel Festa, freshman, says, "There are many 
small schools to choose from but they don't have 
the close-knit feeling that Mary Baldwin has, and I 
felt that the first time I was on campus. All the 
teachers know their students and their office doors 
are always open. I'm studying psychology which is 
a small department, but we have advantages be- 
cause of this. We actually go to work environments 
such as pre-schools to learn. We don't just read 
about them." 

Freshman, Janeen Barnard says, "Audi Barlow 
(assistant director of admissions) made me feel like 
she really wanted me. She kept in contact when 
others didn't, and she told me what Mary Baldwin 
was really like. When I came here for a visit I knew 
what to expect, there were no unhappy surprises. 

Also, the location is perfect. I'm from Dallas and 
when I'm at Mary Baldwin I can visit friends in 
New York and Boston, and I just love D.C. I want 
to be involved in government, and being so close to 
D.C. should really help." 

The Mary Baldwin characteristics, a combination 
of personal attention and innovative programs, are 
attractive to students, and the statistics prove that 
we are successful. During the opening faculty/staff 
meeting President Cynthia H. Tyson explained that 
we really are progressing. "This is a college on 
the move, and the direction of movement is up- 
ward and outward. We now have a Learning Skills 
Center as part of the Sena Center, and comple- 
menting it will be a Writing Center. 

"We have our first full-time Director of Counsel- 
ing and Psychological Services and we have added 
four full-time faculty to support the liberal arts 
mission as well as our very successful business and 
computer science programs. These faculty will 
enrich our academic program and enable all the 
faculty to devote more quality time to classes and 
students. People are the most important resource of 
our college." 

Right: Barbara Knisely 
Roberts '73, Chairman of 
the Homecoming Committee, 
leads the reunion planning 
workshop as student repre- 
sentative, Mallory Copeland 
'88, looks on. Bottom: Laura 
Catching Alexander '71, a 
member of the Alumnae Board 
Finance Committee, dis- 
cusses a potential product for 
the Virginia Sampler. 

Leadership Weekend '87 

MBC Volunteers in Action 

Where would a college be without its volunteers? 
Fortunately for Mary Baldwin, the question is "Is 
there a limit to what our friends can do?" 

Based on the activities of Leadership Weekend 1987, 
held October 1-3, the possibilities are almost endless. 
Three volunteer boards — the Alumnae Association 
Board of Directors, the Advisory Board of Visitors, 
and the Parents Council — shared brain-power, time, 
and energy on behalf of our venerable institution. 

All standing committees of the Alumnae Board met 
with 22 members present. Their discussions ranged 
from admissions to annual giving, from continuing 
education to homecoming, and from chapter develop- 

ment to finances. In a special session, Dr. John Haire, 
Director of the Rosemarie Sena Center for Career and 
Life Planning, met with the Boards to discuss the 
Career Development Support Network, a program 
involving significant alumnae participation. 

Various workshops were held on Saturday after- 
noon for chapter leaders, admissions representatives, 
and reunion class planning committees. The Chapter 
Leaders Workshop offered an idea-exchange oppor- 
tunity for chapter representatives from eight cities. 
Admissions representatives received information on 
current recruiting techniques, financial aid, and cur- 
riculum. Reunion class committees began planning 
for reunions that will be celebrated during Home- 
coming in May of 1988. 

In other Alumnae Board action, the group approved 
an agreement with Sovran Bank under which a Mary 
Baldwin "affinity credit card" will be issued. They 
voted to increase the size of the Board from 32 to 40 
members, and every member of the Alumnae Board 
pledged to support the Virginia Sampler project, and 
the College's Annual Fund. 

One hundred percent participation in the Annual 
Fund is also a goal of the Advisory Board of Visitors 
and the Parents Council. In fact, the ABV has gone one 
step further by setting a dollar goal of $50,000. 

But fundraising is only one goal of the ABV. Two 
others were set at their meeting: assistance in the 
recruitment of students, and support of the career 
development efforts of the College. In order to achieve 
these goals, the ABV needs to fill out its 75-member 
board, and requests that friends of the College in 
Texas and Maryland especially consider the 

Fourteen students serve on the Advisory Board this 
year, adding a local touch to the recommendations of 
the group. 

The four task forces of the Parents Council held their 
meetings on Friday. The members of the Council 
broke out into groups to consider communications, 
career planning, financial support, and recruitment. 

Susie Hansen, chair of the career planning task 
force, shared the new family of publications now 
available through the Rosemarie Sena Center for 
Career and Life Planning. She also described net- 
working opportunities through which parents can 
help all students in their career choices. Later, tours of 
the Sena Center were conducted by College staff. 

All the volunteer boards gathered together Friday 
night for a banquet in Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall,' 
where they were addressed on the state of the College 
by President Cynthia H. Tyson. 

Top Left: Shirley Frey Morris 
'71 listens attentively during 
an Alumnae Board meeting. 
Top Center: Betsey Towler 
Robson '57, a member of the 
ABV, and her daughter 
Martha Robson '85, listen to 
the faculty presentation on 
critical thinking. Top Right: 
George McCune, Director of 
Special Projects. Center: Mary 
Anne Newbill Burk '79, Rich- 
mond Chapter Cha 
Valerie Sutton Payne '76, 

Waynesboro Chapter Co-Chairman, and Melissa Wimbish Ferrell 
'71, member of the Alumnae Board Chapter Development Com- 
mittee, parhcipate in the workshop for chapter leaders. Bottom 
Left: Herb England raises a question as Bett\' Broyles looks on 
during an ABV business session. Bottom Right: Marguerite and 
Frederick Dorsey, Members of the Parents Counsel visit with 
Susan Train '69, member of ABV following the Founders' Day 

& World Report 


October 26, 1987 

Mary Baldwin College Rated 
Top Women's College in the South 

Staunton. Va For the second 
time in four years, Mary Baldwin 
College has been rated the top 
women's college in the South in a 
US. News & World Report survey. 
The current honorwas also gained 
in the magazine's 1983 survey of 
college presidents. 

Mary Baldwin College isthe only 
college for women in the region to 
have made the list of "120 
America's Best Colleges," and is 
one of only eight Virginia institu- 
tions rani<ed in any category. 

In the survey released October 
26, Mary Baldwin was ninth overall 
in a field of 161 Southern Liberal- 
Arts Colleges. In ^-^—^^— 

a paragraph on "We are prOUd Of OUT applauded na- 
Mary Baldwin, „^/;j t^„^:±:„„ -,,, ;„ tionwide by col- 

the College is ^olicl tradition, our in- ,3ge 3,d ,,, 

cited for its em- nOVative Spirit, and our verslty presi- 

phasis on extern- .. .• . .l^ nppd'^ ^®"'^' 

ships which offer aTWnilOn 10 We neeas j^e national 

"experiential situ- of individual StudentS." recognition 

ations," providing gained through 

College, added, "We are proud of 
our solid tradition, our innovative 
spirit, and our attention to the 
needs of individual students. It is 
heartening to have our approach 
to education 

and the Adult Degree Program, 
enjoyed similar gains. 

U.S. News used the results of 
the survey as well as additional in- 
formation gained from interviews 
to publish a guide to American col- 
leges this November. 

students with an "edge" upon 
graduation (see sidebar). 

U.S. News asked 1 ,329 college 
presidents to select the colleges 
providing the best undergraduate 
education from among those clas- 
sified in the same category as their 
own. The nine categories used by 
the Carnegie Foundation for the 
Advancement of Teaching served 
as the basis for the magazine's 

Mary Baldwin College Presi- 
dent, Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson, re- 
sponded to the results of the sur- 
vey with pleasure. "We are, in- 
deed, an innovative and creative 
college, marked by vigor in faculty, 
in academic and student support 
programs, and in the success of 
our graduates." 

Dr. James D. Lott, Dean of the 

the survey underscores a regional 
reputation that has led to growth 
and success at Mary Baldwin. For 
the second year In a row the Col- 
lege has enjoyed a substantial en- 
rollment Increase, as well as an in- 
crease in the level of student satis- 
faction and retention. 

Enrollment of students entering 
the traditional program this year 
increased 5.2 percent. Students 
expressed an 87 percent satisfac- 
tion rate in the College, a figure 
which helps explain the College's 
all-time low attrition rate of 13.8 

Because of low attrition and 
increased enrollment, the student 
body has increased overall by 10 
percent this year. Two special 
programs of the College, the Pro- 
gram for the Exceptionally Gifted 

Study Applauds 
MBC Externships 

"The ninth-ranked liberal- 
arts school, Mary Baldwin 
College, an all-women's 
Presbyterian school in Staun- 
ton, Va, requires all of its 780 
full-time students to complete 
an Internship or 'experiential 
situation' to graduate. Senior 
business major Joanna 
Kenyon of Alexandria, Va., 
spent last summer as the first 
American woman In recent 
history to work for a member 
of the Diet, the Japanese 
parliament In Tokyo. 'This 
type of opportunity,' says 
Kenyon, 'will give me an edge 
when I leave,' which is some- 
thing every student seeks but 
doesn't always get from an 

U.S News & World Report 
Oct. 26, 1987 

Tradition and Innovation Blend in Academic 

Renovation of Academic Hall is 99 percent com- 
plete, and the faculty moved in at the beginning of the 
semester. "It's marvelous, it's cleaner, it's brighter," 
Dr. Ethel Smeak, English professor, says of the newly 
renovated building. This is the first renovation of 
Academic, which was originally built in 1908 as part of 
the first expansion of the College. 

Dr. Smeak was on the Academic Hall planning 
committee which met with Dan deBettencourt, the 
architect for the renovation, from the beginning. "He 
pushed us to want the best and to have high expec- 
tations. Most of these expectations have been met," 
says Dr. Smeak. Academic is now fully air condi- 
tioned, carpeted, has an elevator, and many more 
modern conveniences. 

In addition to the professors having a much im- 
proved working atmosphere, the students also seem 
to be affected by the changes. "The classroom atmo- 
sphere is much better for learning. Even the students' 
attitudes seem better academically. We have won- 
dered if it's the renovation that has made the differ- 
ence," says Dr. Smeak. 

Since the design of the building has separated fac- 
ulty by academic discipline, and has brought the stu- 
dents closer to their professors, the faculty have been 
divided. Dr. Smeak says "The faculty feel a bit isolated 
from each other. We really need a new faculty lounge. 
While the old faculty lounge wasn't terrific, it was a 
place we could meet." 

Even though the renovation was extensive, the 
historical structure was preserved. "The building it- 
self is the best. I'm glad it wasn't torn down because it 
holds so many memories. Even though the structure is 
limiting in that we don't have a large lecture room, it's 
a much more workable building," says Dr. Smeak. 

However, she notes that because the building isn't 
completely finished yet, there are some problems. 
"There are no shades on the windows, so showing 
any kind of light projected information is difficult. 
Also, we need an audio/visual equipment room on 
each floor." 

In spite of a few anticipated growing pains, how- 
ever. Academic Hall has been reborn with great en- 
thusiasm. The College is planning a major celebration 
of the completed structure in April, 1988. 

Renovated .Academic pre- 
sents a cleaner and brighter 
atmosphere for students and 

Participants of the USIA 
Young Writers Program dis- 
cuss experiences and com- 
pare cultures at Marv 

Young Writers From Around 

the World 


Mary Baldwin 


Fifteen published writers from around the world 
participated in the ShenanArts young writers pro- 
gram, a five-week study program beginning in Staun- 
ton and continuing to Elkins, WVa., Washington 
D.C., and New York. 

Mary Baldwin College was able to play a vital role in 
the orientation of these young writers by serving 
as a non-threatening haven of learning for their first 
week. The writers attended special lectures at the 
College prepared for them under an agreement with 
ShenanArts, and had the opportunity to use the Col- 
lege as a familiar base of operations while becoming 
acclimated to America. 

The United States Information Agency chose 
ShenanArts from the competition for a $99,000 
grant to coordinate the Young Writers program. 
ShenanArts' proposal was chosen over six others in- 
cluding the Iowa Writers Workshop and the Eugene 
O'Neil Theatre which are writing and theatre centers 
with international reputations. 

The USIA Young Writers program was designed to 
move beyond the Hollywood/New York stereotypes 
that often define America by exposing the writers to 
the variety and depth of American culture and values. 
The concept is that after returning to their native 
countries, they will project a truer picture of the 
United States through their work. 

Dr. Robert H. Lafleur, Mary Baldwin historian. 

spent the first week with the writers exploring Ameri- 
can history, myths and cultural issues. Describing the 
students he says, "Fascinating! They're bright; they're 
articulate; they dare take chances. They're absolutely 
socially committed and on the cutting edge of their 

"Fascinating! They're bright; 
they're articulate; they dare take 
chances. They're absolutely 
socially committed and on the 
cutting edge of their own 

own societies. And they're not really interested in 
belles-lettres. They're very conscious of the world 
they live in and they're activists in this world, there- 
fore, they're not just writing for themselves but are 
really trying to make a change. They've read American 
authors that most Americans haven't yet heard of 
because they're so new in the literary world." 

Chairman of ShenanArts and Director of MBC's 
Adult Degree Program, James Harrington, said 
"To win the grant, we first assessed ShenanArts' 
capability of competing with larger organizations 
in metropolitan areas. The perceived disadvantage 
of our location, a rural setting away from major writ- 
ing communities, was in fact our advantage. We cre- 
ated the proposal presenting the characteristics of 
ShenanArts as advantages rather than their perceived 
disadvantages. We can give the writers rural 
America, but we can also give them Washington and 
New York." 

For most of the writers, country life was a complete 
change. They are sophisticated residents of their 
nations' capitals, they support themselves as teachers 
or journalists, and they speak several languages in- 
cluding fluent English. 

They came from the Netherlands, Sweden, Por- 
tugal, Turkey, Algeria, Liberia, South Africa, Mali, the 

Philippines, Australia, Argentina, Columbia, Jamaica, 
Trinidad and Tobago, and China. 

One of the major impacts the program had on the 
students was on their attitudes toward America, ac- 
cording to Dr. Harrington. He said, "They had stereo- 
typical attitudes about America, a sort of love/hate 
relationship. They were wary of those involved with 
the program because they knew the money was 
coming from the USIA. They perceived our purpose as 
trying to brainwash them, trying to paint an unbal- 
anced picture of the United States, while our real 
purpose was to paint a realistic picture for them. Their 
suspicions faded after the first week." 

The students stayed with local families during their 
first week in Staunton. Blake and Susan Clarke hosted 
Nadine Rogers, a songwriter, poet and playwright 
from Trinidad and Tobago. Susan Clarke said, "She 
was so mature and poised for her age (25). I'm not sure 
what accounts for that but she was very impressive. 
She even sang for us; she's quite talented musically. 
All the students dealt well with situations that were 
very strange to them. Some of them had hardly 
traveled before coming to the United States yet they 
were all so mature." 

After spending their first week in Staunton and the 

second at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, 
W.Va., the writers returned to Staunton for a week at 
the Shenandoah Valley Playwrights Retreat. Their 
fourth week was spent in Washington studying con- 
temporary American journalism and seeing Washing- 
ton as a political capital and city of cultural diversity. 
Next they traveled to New York for a look at the world 
of American writing and publishing and to meet with 
novelists, poets, playwrights, producers, agents and 

ShenanArts was founded in 1981 by Paul Hil- 
debrand Jr., former artistic director of the New Play- 
wrights Theater in Washington. Pennyroyal Farm, the 
ShenanArts' headquarters is also the site of Oak Grove 
Theater and the Shenandoah Valley Playwrights 

Kathleen Tosco, Managing Director of ShenanArts, 
says, "To be selected unanimously for the grant by the 
USIA was a great honor. Just to be put in the same 
company with the other organizations that we com- 
peted against for the grant was a credit to us. It was 
one of the most exciting things that has happened to 

It was also a thrill for Mary Baldwin, and the College 
looks forward to helping again next year. 

How Humor Helps You Think 

Feeling stumped or stuck on an important project? 
You can unblock your brain by finding something to 
laugh about. 

Bear with us on this — it's worth it: Ashton Trice, 
Ed.D., assistant professor of Psychology at Mary 
Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia gave one group 
of students a set of anagrams to solve that was vir- 
tually impossible, and another group a set that was 
easy. After working on them for a period of time, both 
groups were given some anagrams of moderate diffi- 
culty. What happened; The students who had "failed" 
the first time did less well on the second try than those 
who had succeeded initially. 

"When people try a task and fail, that experience 
often colors future attempts," says Dr. Trice. "This 
'learned helplessness' occurs in part because the fail- 
ure affects their mood — it makes them either angry or 
depressed. This in turn interferes with their sub- 

sequent performance." 

Dr. Trice hypothesized that if you could shake the 
obstructive mood, you could go back to your task — or 
on to another — "untainted" by past defeat. To test 
this theory, he repeated his experiment, but this time 
had two groups of "frustrated" students do an unre- 
lated task between the impossible anagrams and the 
solvable ones. The first group did a simple clerical 
chore; the other rated 16 cartoons on how funny they 
were. Results: Those who had something to laugh 
about did better on the follow-up anagrams than those 
who did not. 

"It seems that hurnor helps us get rid of the negative 
feelings that interfere with performance," says Dr. 
Trice. So when you're feeling "up against it" and 
thinking "This is not funny," try to find something 
that !S. It works. Seriously. 

This article is reprinted with 
permission of Sell .Magazine 
where it appeared in the 
September, 1987 issue. 

MBC and the Sakae Institute: A Unique Combination 

From left: Michi Hori '89; 
Tee Kuboki, Sakae Institute 
Vice-President; President 
Tyson; Yoko Sakae, Sakae 
Institute President; Yumiko 
Takeuchi '88. 

Yoko Sakae, the founder, owner, and president of 
the Sakae Institute of Studies Abroad, visited Mary 
Baldwin to keep in touch with tliose involved in the 
program. Tlie Sakae Institute is the principal organi- 
zation for placing Japanese students in American col- 
leges, and the only institute of its kind in Japan. 

Dr. Lewis Askegaard, Registrar, and Dr. Daniel 
Metraux, Professor of History, represented Mary 
Baldwin at the Sakae Institute College Fair in Japan 
with 12 other colleges to recruit students for its Japa- 
nese Program. So far 13 students have enrolled at 
Mary Baldwin. 

While several colleges accept Japanese exchange 
students through the Sakae Institute, Mary Baldwin is 
the only college with the privilege of sending students 
to Japan. Joanna Kenyon and Susan Wilson, both 
MBC seniors, were the first to experience these extern- 
ships. After completing their externships, they joined 
others in the Mary Baldwin Program at Doshisha, a 
four-week session at Doshisha Women's College in 

Susan worked in Tokyo in the International House 
as a Research Assistant, and Joanna worked for the 
Japanese parliament, or Diet, observing the govern- 
ment. Joanna says, "I worked in many different de- 
partments so I got a good overall view of how their 
government works. Really, it was easier than I 
thought it would be. So many people speak English 
and they were so patient when I spoke Japanese." 

Ms. Sakae said, "I chose Mary Baldwin because it is 
a women's college in a rural setting, and because it has 
a Japanese Program. The parents are so afraid of 
sending their daughters to the United States, it's 
image is so dangerous. They prefer sending them to 
Mary Baldwin because they know it will be safe." 

"We work in cooperation with Mary Baldwin in- 
stead of having contracts," said Tee Kuboki, vice- 
president of the Sakae Institute. "We have confidence 
and trust in Mary Baldwin, so we plan to continue 
working together. The College is so appealing to us 
because we know the atmosphere is going to make the 

Japanese students feel welcome rather than like 

About 550 Japanese students go to the Sakae Insti- 
tute for counseling each vear, but only 200 are sent to 
the United States to study because the Sakae entrance 
examinations are so hard. "The students study Eng- 
lish for six years before they come to us, and then they 
must pass our entrance exam. They also must really 
study while they're in the United States," says Ms. 
Sakae. "They're going through the regular curriculum 
but the language barrier makes it so much harder for 

About 90 percent of the Sakae students graduate 
from colleges in the United States. Of these students 
60 percent are women. "More women go to college in 
Japan than in the U.S., but 60 percent quit working! 
when they get married, and women don't work at allj 
after they have children. This is just the way it is for 
now. Maybe in time things will change," says Ms. 

Michi Hori, a junior at MBC, was an English teacher 
in Japan before she came to study at Mary Baldwin. "I 
needed a more sophisticated education in English to 
teach there. That's the main reason I went to the Sakae' 
Institute and then to Mary Baldwin. I plan to teachj 
after I graduate and return to Japan," she said. ' 

Yumiko Takeuchi, a senior at Mary Baldwin said, "l| 
wanted to study at Mary Baldwin because I believe it's! 
very important that we understand each other's coun- 
tries. People should be more internationally minded. 
There is so much happening that involves the whole 
world, and we have to learn to work together." j| 

Most of the graduating Japanese students get jobs hi] 
international companies such as banks and invest- 
ment firms. "English-speaking Japanese students 
educated in the U.S. are very valuable to these com- 
panies," says Mr. Kuboki. "They join a company 
when they return to Japan and learn how the compan) 
operates. Then they work for this company for the res' 
of their career. When they return to Japan their future 
is very promising." 

MBC Sports Update 

by Mary Ann Kasselmann 

With the increase in the overall MBC enrollment, 
the athletic program has also received a boost in inter- 
est and participation in intercollegiate athletics. The 
construction of a new athletic and fitness facility is not 
occurring too soon. 

Ground breaking for the new fitness facility is 
scheduled for early November. At present the new 
tennis court facilities that are located near Tullidge 
have been completed. The field hockey and lacrosse 
field is in the process of being widened to regulation 
size and should be ready to use by fall of 1988. 

The 1987 volleyball team returned with 50 percent of 
last year's team and a large group of hardworking 
newcomers. They are off to a strong start with three 
wins. There are also plans for the first alumnae match 
to take place during the 1988 season. 

Mary Baldwin's field hockey team has finally re- 

corded their first intercollegiate win. They dominated 
Gallaudet College 4-1, and they have just recently 
backed their first win with another win against Salem 
College in North Carolina. 

The fall tennis team is strong and has been building 
their skill and competitiveness for their spring season. 
They are boasting a 5-1 record for the fall season. 

Volleyball team battles to 
control the game and win the 

Executive Committee Working to Keep in Touch 

The Mary Baldwin College Executive Committee 
can be described as the "heart" of the student body. It 
serves as a sounding board for student concerns and 
makes decisions involving the MBC community. It is a 
vital link between the faculty, administration and 

The Executive Committee is a seven member board 
composed of the Student Government Association 
President, Joanna Kenyon; Vice President, Joelle 
Keith; Secretary, Amy Irwin; and Treasurer, Laura 
Harwell; and the Chairwomen of the Judicial Board, 
Mikki Sharpe; Honor Council, Monica Derbes; and 
House President Council, Peggy Kellam. 

The Executive Committee is the most powerful ad- 
vocacy group available to the students at Mary Bald- 
win. "We are not just figureheads. Our student 
Government is very influential. We get things done," 
says Joanna Kenyon, President. 

The Committee's activities for this year began in 
August with a leadership workshop where the guest 
speaker was the new Dean of Students, Dr. Heather 
Wilson. By far, the most important goals for this year 
are making the Executive Council and the Student 
Government Association more visible, and in doing 
that, improving the communications with the student 
body. Treasurer Laura Harwell says, "We are striving 
for student involvement in all things," and Joelle 
Keith, Vice President, strongly agrees saying "We will 
overcome apathy." 

The Executive Committee recognizes the impor- 
tance of keeping in touch with the students, and they 
will continue their individual member representa- 

tion in the dorms. The posting of all of the S.G.A.'s 
branches minutes and the new Senate and S.A.B. 
banners are important tools for the Executive Com- 
mittee. There is also a new permanent section in the 
Mary Baldwin newspaper. Campus Comments, solely 
for Executive Committee news. 

Future plans for the Executive Committee include 
upgrading the quality of the S.G. A. spring installation 
and appointing a student representative to work with 
the faculty and others on the dedication of Carpenter 
Academic Hall in the spring. 

Executive Committee. Top 
roxc: Pegg\' Kellam, Laura 
Harwell, joelle Keith, .-^my 
h^\in. Bottom roxc: Joanna 
Kenvon, Mikki Sharpe. 
Monica Derbes. 


Linda Martin Graybill '83, 
former chairman of the 
Richmond Alumnae Chapter 
receives the Chapter Achieve- 
ment Award from Lindsay 
Ryland Gouldlhorpe 73, 
Alumnae Association 

As I talk with friends and co-workers about tlie volunteer 
work that I do for Mary Baldwin, they often ask me why I 
give so much time to Mary Baldwin and they wonder what I 
get out of the experience. I have been thinking about the 
answers that I give to these queries, and I decided that some 
of you might be interested in the answers, too. 

A short history of my involvement with being a volunteer 
for Mary Baldwin will be helpful in illustrating how I got 
"hooked" on being a Mary Baldwin volunteer I hope that I 
have remembered these events in the right sequence — if 
not, I apologize to the Richmond chapter! After I graduated 
from MBC in 1973, 1 moved to Richmond. I was looking for 
some constructive use of my spare time, heard about the 
local alumnae chapter, and decided to attend a meeting. In 
no time, I found myself in the middle of helping to plan 
activities for the chapter — 
luncheons, admissions 
functions, the Speaker 
Series. I was involved in 
the first few years of our 
chapter's sponsorship of 
the "Exam Care Pack- 
ages" and our first 
appea ra nee selling 
Moravian Sugar Cakes at 
Richmond's "Bizarre 
Bazaar," Somewhere 
along the way, I served as 
co-chairman of the Rich- 
mond Alumnae Chapter 
with Carroll Blair Keiger 
'76. Working for Mary 
Baldwin was fun!! 

In 1982, I was nomi- 
nated to serve on the 
National Alumnae Board, 
and served as Chairman 
of the Cookbook Com- 

From where I started at the local level, I never dreomec 
that I would end up as the President of the Nationo 
Alumnae Association. It wasn't a goal that I had set, bu 
rather more of a natural progression through the ranks 
accepting increasing responsibilities as time went on. , 

Now that you know howl got here, let me share with yoii 
some of the reasons that I have pursued alumnae volunteei 
work. I always enjoy meeting new people — it's interestin; 
to try to find something that you have in common with therr 
With Mary Baldwin volunteer work, you automatical!' 
have something in common with all of the other volunteer! 
This common bond exists with all alumnae, whether the;, 
graduated in 1987 or 1 927. These women are from all ove| 
the world, have had many experiences, and bring all c' 
these experiences to their volunteer work — whether it is iij 
the business world, church work, the Junior League, or othe, 
community activities. Meeting these women and becomini 
their friend and co-worker is one of the most worthwhi!' 
parts of this job. Going back to campus several times a yec 
is another experience that I enjoy. Meeting students an' 
realizing what they have ahead of them and helping ther 
along the way is very rewarding to me. Seeing how Mar 
Baldwin is changing to meet the needs of today's youn- 
woman, while remaining faithful to the traditions that we o 
treasure is wonderful and inspiring. 

Mary Baldwin depends on its volunteers for support i, 
many ways, and the college realizes the importance c 
volunteer support. All of the work that I or any othe 
volunteer does for Mary Baldwin is appreciated, and th 
college shows this appreciation. This is one of the majc 
gratifications for me. I know that what I do for Mar 
Baldwin can moke a difference. I know that Mary Baldwi 
appreciates what I do. 

Go to your next chapter meeting or party — ^who know 
in a few years you might be writing this column! 
mittee, which evolved into today's Finance Committee 
After that, I was nominated to serve as First Vice-Presiden 
and here I am today. 

'Zee Zee'' Linn Receives 1987 Lester Scholarship 

The Alumnae Association's Virginia L. Lester Scholar- 
hip is becoming somewhat of a tradition in the family of 
knne Wilson Linn '61. Jane Reid "Zee Zee" Linn, a mem- 
ber of the Class of 1988, is 

inne's second daughter to 
eceive the Lester Alumnae 
association Scholarship. 

The Scholarship Award was 
nnounced during Home- 
oming this past May. Zee Zee, 

senior sociology major from 
Villiamsburg, Virginia, said she 
/OS "surprised and very 
onored" when she was infor- 
led of the scholarship award. 
It was even more special be- 
ause my sister, Mary Slater, 
ad been the recipient of the 
ester Scholarship in 1986." 

The scholarship is awarded 
innually to a senior who is an 
ilumna legacy and who shows 
frong leadership capabilities 

15 a student. Zee Zee serves as 

hoirman of the Academic Affairs Committee on the 
tudent Senate, has been a leader in the Baldwin Boost- 
rs, a member of the College Republicans, the Cultural 
"ommittee, and serves as a student representative to the 
advisory Board of Visitors. 
The Virginia L. Lester Scholarship is funded from the 
iroceeds of the Virginia Sampler project. In its fourth 
ear, the Virginia Sampler has seen steady growth since 
s inception in 1984. Since its first year, the Virginia 
■ampler has produced in excess of $2,500 annually, 
nabling the Association to make an annual award for 

16 Lester Scholarship. In recent years, the proceeds have 
leen large enough that the Alumnae Association has 

begun endowing the scholarship. 

This year, the Virginia Sampler will include several new 
items. Meg Ivy Crews '74, Vice-President for Finance on 
the Alumnae Association Board 
of Directors, announced that 
there would be two new items 
and one change in vendor in 
this year's project. "We are 
pleased to offer for the first time 
a polished pewter ornament by 
Master Craftsmen of Wlliams- 
burg, Virginia. We feel that the 
'Heralding Angel' ornament 
will be a popular gift item and 
we hope that the alumnae and 
friends will begin to think of the 
pewter ornaments as a possible 
collector's item." 

This year Virginia Diner Pea- 
nuts from Wakefield, Virginia, 
will be offered in the Virginia 
Sampler. The change to the 
gourmet Virginia Diner peanuts 
comes as a result of customer 
request. These peanuts come in a larger can size, as well 
as offering a vacuum packed product which has a longer 
shelf life. In 1986 a new product, an almond pound cake 
from Rowena's and Captain Joap's of Norfolk, Virginia, 
was introduced. The success of this product was over- 
whelming. Therefore, this year a chocolate pound cake 
has been added to the selection. 

All items from the Virginia Sampler are available year- 
round except apples, which are seasonal, and the 
Wythe-WII chocolates, which can only be shipped dur- 
ing the cooler months. Special discounts are available for 
large orders, as well as corporate and business discounts. 

Mew Staff Enhances Chapter Development 

Carroll Oliver Roach '84 joined the Alumnae staff as 
lirector of Alumnae Chapter Development. She will be 
/orking with Lee Johnston Foster '74, Executive Director 
if Alumnae Activities, to plan, organize and administer 
ie alumnae chapter development program for Mary 
loldwin College. She will also serve as a field represen- 
ative of the college by identifying and cultivating poten- 
al key volunteer leaders. 

Carroll says "I really want to help strengthen some of 
ie chapters while helping to maintain the chapters that 
ire strong right now. I like traveling to different places 
ind meeting with the chapters. It can be hard work but 
ilso it's a lot of fun." 

Carroll's impressive background in volunteer man- 

agement and the field of public relations/marketing will 
certainly be an asset to her performance. She will provide 
guidance and staff support for existing alumnae chapters 
throughout the country, identify leadership and organize 
activities in targeted areas where no chapters exist. She 
will also provide training to volunteer leaders through 
workshops, manuals and ongoing support activities on 
and off campus. 

Carroll attended Mary Baldwin for two years, received 
her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Northeast 
Louisiana University and received herteaching certificate 
from the University of South Alabama. She is happy to 
return to MBC, where she has been warmly received in a 
very short time. 



The Birmingham Chapter participated with seven 
other Virginia colleges at an Old Dominion Day 
party in mid-August. Over two hundred people 
attended with a portion of those being Mary Bald- 
win alumnae, current, and new students. 

The Birmingham Chapter Steering Committee 
met in early September with Lee Johnston Foster 
'75, Executive Director of Alumnae Activities, and 
Carroll Oliver Roach '84, Director of Chapter De- 
velopment, at the home of Ann Dial McMillan '63. 
Steering committee members are Ann Robinson 
King '63, Anne Broyles Proctor '83, and Linda 
Thorn Abele '73. 


New students and alumnae from the Dallas area 
participated in "Texans in Virginia" Party in mid- 

The Dallas Chapter Steering Committee met in 
mid-September with Dr. John Rice, Vice-President 
of Institutional Advancement, and Garth Mills, Ex- 
ecutive Director of Development, at the home of 
Valerie Lund Mitchell '74 for a covered dish dinner. 

On Sunday, September 20, a prospective stu- 
dent party was held at the home of Valerie Lund 
Mitchell '74 with Audi Bondurant Barlow '85, As- 
sistant Director of Admissions. 


The Houston Chapter held an "Alumnae Night at 
the Theater" in late September, with "Zelda the Last 
Flapper" being featured. 

New Houston officers for the 1987-88 year are: 
Cynthia Knight Wier '68, President; Kathy McMillan 
'65, Vice-President; Allison Hall Blaylock '76, Trea- 
surer; Emily Dethloff Ryan '63, Hospitality Com- 
mittee; Sally Goerner Bridges '64, Hospitality 
Committee; Debbie Dull Walker '75, Hospitality 
Committee; Jo O'Neal Brueggeman '80, Admis- 
sions Chair and head of Adopt-A-High-School 
program; Patti Reynolds '75, Communications 


The Mobile Chapter held a Steering Committee 
luncheon at the home of Anne Johnston Oppen- 
heimer '75 with Lee Johnston Foster '75, Executive 
Director of Alumnae Activities, and Carroll Oliver 
Roach '84, Director of Chapter Development in 
early September. Also in attendance were Kathy 
Blacksher Ward '77, Belinda Norden '84, Ellen 
Bancroft '83, and Robin McMurphy Nelson '85. 

New Orleans 

The New Orleans Chapter Steering Committee 
met on September 1 at the home of Macon Clement 
Riddle '63. The new officers are: Macon Clement 
Riddle '63, Chairman; Blair Lambert Wehrmann 
'64, Co-Chair and Newsletter Editor; May Welh 
Jones '61, Chapter Connector; Patricia McGehee 
Russell '60, Treasurer; Ellen Lutz Hardin '75; 
Secretary. 1 


The new officers of the Richmond Chapter are: 
Mary Anne Burke '79, President; R. J. Landin- 
Loderick '86, Vice-President and Admissions Com- 
mittee Chairman; Janie Huske Satterfield '70, 
Secretary; Carolyn Holmes Avery '73, Secretary; 
Mary Kay Schorn Stainback '76, Connector. 

San Antonio 

The San Antonio Chapter leaders met for dinner 
with Dr. John Rice, Vice-President for Institutional 
Advancement, and Garth Mills, Executive Director 
of Development, in mid-September. Plans forfuture 
events were made at that time. Co-Chairmen for the 
Chapter are Alison Wenger Boone '77 and Katie 
McGee '86. 


The Staunton Chapter co-hosted the Freshmen 
Parents' Hospitality Room with the Parents Council 
on the first day of school. 

New officers for the '87-'88 year are: Mary Sue 
Mattox McAllister '77, Chairman; Anne Faw Ber- 
nard '50, Admissions Chairman; Percy Coppock 
Hanger '72, Newsletter; Dana Flanders McPher- 
son '82, Treasurer; Mopsy Pool Page '48 and Anne 
Sims Smith '45, Social Chairmen. 

The Steering Committee held a luncheon at the 
Alumnae House in late July. 


The new officers of the Tidewater Chapter are: 
Talbott Jordan '72, Chairman; Caroline Savage 
'82, Admissions Committee Chairman; Virginia Phil- 
lips Counselman '73, Chapter Connector; Mar- 
garet Troutman '84, Virginia Sampler Chairman; 
Eloise Clyde Chandler '77, Newsletter Editor and 
Treasurer; Susan Bell '84, Social Chairman. 


The Waynesboro Chapter held a Steering Com- 
mittee luncheon with Lee Johnston Foster '75, Ex- 
ecutive Director of Alumnae Activities, Kathe Smith, 
Director of Alumnae Admissions, and Carroll Oliver 
Roach '84, Director of Chapter Development, in the 
Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall on August 26. Alumnae 
serving on the Steering Committee are Sarah Mau- 
pin Jones '39, Katie Dyer Dudley '36, and Vol 
Sutton Payne '76. 


Recognizing the need to honor outstanding 
alumnoe, the Alumnae Association Board of 
Directors has established three new alumnae 
recognition awards. These new awards 
include; the Career Achievement Award, the 
Community Service Award, and the Service 
to Church Award. 

The Career Achievement Award honors 
alumnae who have brought distinction to 
themselves and Mary Baldwin College 
through their career professions. The 
Alumnae Board feels that outstanding career 
performance demonstrates the value of a 
liberal arts education and, by honoring these 
distinguished career women, we will be 
highlighting role models for our current 

The Community Service Award will honor 
those alumnae of the College who have 
provided distinguished and outstanding 
volunteer service to their communities. 

The Service to Church Award will honor 
those alumnae who have provided 
distinguished service to their church and 
spiritual community. The Award recognizes 
the close and important relationship that has 
existed between the College and the 
Presbyterian Church since the College's 

The awards will be presented during the 
National Alumnae Association meeting held 
during Homecoming Weekend. They will be 
presented at the same time that the Emily 
Smith Medallion and the Emily Kelly 
Leadership Award are announced. 
Nominations for all of these awards are 
sought annually. Anyone interested in 
submitting a nomination should contact the 
Office of Alumnae Activities, requesting a 
nomination form or presenting a complete 
biographical sketch of the nominee. All 
graduates and former students of Augusta 
Female Seminary and Mary Baldwin College 
are eligible. Previous recipients of the Emily 
Smith Medallion are not eligible for these 
individual alumnae awards. 

The Nominating Committee of the 
Alumnae Association Board of Directors will 
serve as the Awards Committee. All 
nominations should be sent to the Chairman 
of the Nominating Committee. It is hoped 
that we can honor the first alumnae in these 
three new categories during Homecoming '88. 




Mechanicsville, Va. 

First Vice-President 

Columbia, S.C. 

Vice-President for Admissions 

Charlottesville, Va. 

Vice-President for Annual Giving 

Petersburg, Va. 

Vice-President for Chapter Development 

Lexington, Va. 

Vice-President for Finance 

South Boston, Va. 

Chair, Continuing Education Committee 

Hampton, Virginia 

Chair, Homecoming Committee 

Burlington, N.C. 

Recording Secretary 

Chair, Nominating Committee 

Newport News, Va. 

Senior Class Representative 

Bridgewater, New Jersey 

Ex-Officio, Executive Director of 
Alumnae Activities 

Staunton, Va. 



Oldwick, N.J. 


Gastonia, N.C. 

Atlanta, Go. 

New York, N.Y. 

Richmond, Va. 

Atlanta, Go. 

Corpus Christi, Texas 

Richmond, Va. 



Sharon, Moss. 

Marietta, Ga. 

Bloomfield, Conn. 

Staunton, Va. 

Lexington, Ky. 



Westport, Conn. 

Richmond, Va. 

Covington, Va. 

Dallas, Texas 

Houston, Texas 

New Orleans, La. 


Over fifty percent of the alumnae of Mary Baldvi'in 
College now live in a chapter area. 

Below you will find names of the Chapter Presidents for 
the '87-'88 year. If you are interested in becoming active 
in your alumnae chapter, please contact the Chapter Pres- 
ident or the Alumnae Office. If you are interested in 
organizing a chapter in your area, contact Carroll Oliver 
Roach '84, Director of Chapter Development, 703/887-7007. 

ARKANSAS — Lynne Hartman Matthews '70 
ATLANTA — Lee Rooker '85 
BALTIMORE — Whitney Markley Denman '81 
BIRMINGHAM — Ann Robinson King '63 
BOSTON — Laura Catching Alexander '71 
CHARLOTTE — Barbara Barnes Wissbaum '82 
COLUMBIA — Ellen Moses Westfall '67 
CHICAGO — Blaine Kinney Johnson '75 
DALLAS — Valerie Lund Mitchell '74 
DENVER — Mary Lauren Lehnertz Faulkner '79 
HOUSTON — Cynthia Knight Wier '68 
LYNCHBURG — Joan Lawrie '85 

MARTINSVILLE — Clarke Stanley Beckner '76 

Sally Wetzel Wicks '78 
MOBILE — Ann Johnston Oppenheimer '75 
NEW ORLEANS — Macon Clement Riddle '63 
NEW YORK — Sarah Griffin '86 

Jerry Fulton Mink '75 
PENINSULA — Katharine Bonfoey Burgdorf '61 
PHILADELPHIA — Brenda Hagg '81 
RALEIGH/DURHAM — Susan Train '69 
RICHMOND — Mary Anne Newbill Burke '79 
ROANOKE — Cyndi Phillips Fletcher '82 
SAN ANTONIO — Alison Wenger Boone '77 
SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA — Patty Tipton Pugh '55 

Marv Sue Mattox McAllister '77 
TIDEWATER — Talbott Jordan '72 

Sarah Maupin Jones '39 
WINSTON-SALEM — Frances Garvey '81 



RETTA CONEY Jelks is de- 
lighted that her granddaughter, 
Laura Spencer Jelks, is on the 
staff of the PEG program at 
Mary Baldwin as an assistant to 
Tee Garrison. Retto is residing in 
Savanna, Ga. 

JANE BARNES Ruffin, of 
Wilmette, II, and her husband 
John celebrated their 50th wed- 
ding anniversary in June. 


her husband live in La Valle, 
Md., and like to spend their 
summers in Florida. They have 
three children and four 

residing in Honolulu, Hawaii 
with her husband. She is serving 
on the Board of Management of 
the Armed Services, Y.M.C.A. 
locally, and is also involved in 
activities such as the Episcopal 
Church Women of Hawaii, and 
the Community Theatre of 

Kresler is still active with St. 
Joseph's Hospital in Tucson, Az., 
and is taking watercolor paint- 
ing classes at Pinea College. 
Frances is still able to play 18 
holes of golf at age 70! 
JERRY FULTON Mink, (75), 
were paired together in a golf 
team match played at Brooke 
Manor Country Club in Mary- 
land in June. They won over their 
opponents without even letting 
them win one hole! 


writes from Jacksonville, PL, that 

she is enjoying retirement ofter 
40 years of college teaching. 



ditch, of Yorktown, Va., is plan- 
ning on moving her Waterman's 
Museum to another location in 
Yorktown next year. 



of Houston, Tx., and her hus- 
band Dick are still working. 
Mary paints, and Dick is an at- 
torney. They hove recently spent 
month in Europe. 



derson, Ky., is retired from being 
director of a private kinder- 
garten. She has been involved in 
church activities, and she volun- 
teers at the Community Method- 
ist Hospital. Her hobbies include 
golf, bridge, and needlework. 


has been organizing worship 
sevices, and has organized the 
dedication of a chapel on Bold 
Head Island, N.C 


and her husband Ronald are re- 
siding in Houston, Tx., where 
Ronald works for Exxon. 


teaching moth at Moravian 
Academy, Upper School in 
Bethlehem, Pa. She and her hus- 
band Charles live in Allentown, 
Pa., and have three children. 


of Pinehurst, Md., has been ap- 
pointed Executive Director of 
the Baltimore County Medical 


writes from Richmond, Va., that 
she is teaching Mah Jong to 
three MBC Class of '64 friends, 
REED Agabright, and BECKA 
OUINN Schubmehl). Carpie 
has two children. 
From Richmond, Va., MARY 
Ferguson writes that the oldest 
of her four sons will follow in his 
father's footsteps and will attend 
Washington and Lee University. 
her husband Paul ore living in 
Greensboro, N.C. Paul is a den- 
tist, and Becky works part-time in 
his business office. She also 
teaches aqua-aerobics, is a 
Senior Girl Scout leader and is 
active in church youth and the 
school system. She is the mother 
of three children. 


presently working as a computer 
systems programmer for the 
Navy in Norfolk. Her husband 
Peter works for the city of Ports- 
mouth, where they reside. They 
hove two children. 

writes from Richmond, Va., that 
she is on educational therapist at 
a local psychiatric hospital. Her 
husband Dick is district manager 
for C&P Telephone Co. 


writes that she and her husband 
Michael are living in Albany, 
Ga., where he is a cardio- 
vascular surgeon. They have six 


ELLEN MARTIN Mockoy has 
recently been transferred to 
Wickes Companies, Inc., cor- 
porate office in Manhattan. Her 
daughter is attending Son 
Angelo State, and her son enters 
the Navy/Nuclear program in 
the fall. 


her family ore residing in Grosse 
Pointe Park, Mi. Her husband 
George is the Chief of Procure- 
ment at Selfridge Air Notional 
Guard Base, and Janet teaches 
at The University of Liggett in 
Grosse Pointe. 


writes that she and her husband 
Jacques are residing in Lynch- 
burg, Va., where he is a neuro- 
surgeon. Sandy is a co-owner of 
on import shop called the En- 
glish Way. 

ALICE EICHOLD is finishing 
her Master of Architecture at 
U.C. Berkeley. She has been 
studying space station architec- 
ture, and with a fellowship from 
NASA, plans on entering Yale 
this fall to pursue a Ph.D. in En- 
vironmental Studies. 



Timm and her husband Neil live 
in St. Charles, II. Stephanie 
teaches French at the Northern 
Illinois University, and Neil 
works with AT&T Communi- 

cations in Lisle, II. 

JEAN GRAINGER writes that 

she is residing in New York City, 
N.Y., and is employed with 
AMSTAR Corporation. She 
recently enjoyed seeing 
Raleigh, N.C. 

Gessner is Systems Manager tor 
Wrangler, headquartered in 
Greensboro, N.C. Her husband 
Frank is a senior analyst for RJR 
Tobacco, U.S.A. They live in 
Greensboro, N.C 
PEGGY HAILE, of Norfolk, 
Va., is a researcher in the local 
history archives of the public 
library. She is active in her 
church, and she writes poetry 
ond short stories for magazines. 
joined her family's business and 
will head the real estate division 
of Higginbotham Bros., Inc., 
Builders and Developers. Liz 
resides in St. Louis, Mo. 
her husband Eugene both 
work for Digital Equipment 
Corp. in Memphis, Tn., as ac- 
count executives. 
SUE NEWMAN Londa is in 
volved in volunteer activities and 
is busy with her children. Sue, 
and her husband Scott, and fam- 
ily, reside in Burke, Vo. 
Shupe and her husband Tom 
have moved to Wichita, Ks., 
where Tom is going to become 
the athletic director for Wichita 
State University. 
has established a general ac- 
counting practice in Staunton, 
Vo., during the last eight years. 


LLOYD CATHER Dickson, of 
Midlothian, Va., is serving as 
moderator for the Board of 
Deacons of her church and she 
is also substitute teaching. She 
and her husband David have 
two children. 

TOCK Franks and her husband 
Dona are residing in Greens- 
boro, N.C, where Rosemerry is 
in advertising sales for WKEW, 
and Dona is a national sales 
manager for American Pump 
Distributors in Greensboro. 


daughter who is a freshman at 
Mary Baldwin. She and Roy also 
hove two other children. 
VALERIE LUND Mitchell 74, 
ington '75, and PATTY 
SPRAGUE Chitwood '74, hod 
a mini-reunion at Cape ftotteras 
in late July. Valerie, Caroline, 
Potty and their families gathered 
for a week at the beach for their 
first reunion in 13 years since 
Caroline's wedding. 
and Jesse reside with their two 
children in New Wilmington, 
Pa., where he is a French pro- 
fessor at Westminister College. 
VALERIE LUND Mitchell, of 
Dallas, Tx., has become a part- 
ner in the Dallas-based law firm 
of Jenkins & Gilchrist, one of 
the largest low firms in the 


Courtney Fleet Roberts. 


SUSAN GREEN Coulter and 
her family have moved to 
Columbia, Md., after David was 
transferred to Baltimore, Md., 
with Prucore. They miss living in 
Richmond, Va., but their two 
children are making it easy for 
them to meet new people. 
Ion, VALERIE LUND Mitchell 
Chitwood '74, had a mini- 
reunion at Cape Hatteras in late 
July. Caroline, Valerie, Patty and 
their families gathered for a 
week at the beach for their first 
reunion in 13 years since Caro- 
line's wedding. 

Hobbs, of Lynchburg, Va., is a 
curator of collections for the 
Lynchburg Museum System, tfer 
husband Frank will be teaching 
in the art department of MBC this 

PAT COFFEY Huffstetler and 
Fred reside in Richmond, Va. Pat 
sells computer systems for Dar- 
dick, subsequent to leaving 
AT&T, and Fred travels 23 states 
on the East Coast as regional 
manager for Tellobs, (data 
communications soles). 
Danville, Vo., is the administrator 
of Comelot Hall Nursing Home, 
120 bed intermediate and 
skilled nursing home facility. 



of Detroit, Mi., has received her 
MBA from Michigan State Uni- 
versity's Advanced Manage- 
ment Program. She was spon- 
sored by her employer. General 
Motors, and is now bock at work 
with them. 


Roanoke, Vo., is working with 
her brother in a new business 
called KREGER Company. She is 
active in the Junior League of the 
Roanoke Valley. Lynne and her 
husband Mark have a son, Mark 
Allen Frye, who was born Feb- 
ruary 21, 1987. 

SALLY WAY Speaker and 
Cory ore residing in Tuscaloosa, 
Al. Solly is working part-time as 
a church/day core secretary, 
and has recently been elected 
and ordained a deacon in the 
Presbyterian Church. Cory is a 
Presbyterian minister working as 
a hospital chaplain and pastoral 


MINDY ROSE Eichorn and 
Wlliam of South Salem, N.Y., 
have two sons, BJ, and Joce. 
Mindy is continuing a partner- 
ship in a retail flower shop. 
FLEET LYNCH Roberts, of 
Richmond, Va., is the financial 
manager for the Museum of the 
Confederacy. Fleet and her hus- 
band hove one daughter, 


lanta, Go., is member of the 
High Museum's Young Careers 
organization, and currently 
serves as volunteer coordinator 
for the Children's Wish Foun- 
dation. She has been appointed 
director of class reunion giving 
for the Emory University Alumni 


HOUN is stationed in Ger- 
many with the Army. She is the 
executive officer of a company 
with 240 people, is flying 
CH47C CHINOOK, Aircraft, 
and has over 500 flight hours. 
and husband Steve have moved 
to Lookout Mountain, Tn. Linda 
works for Provident Life and 

husband Gregory are residing in 
Virginia Beach, Va. Beth teaches 
first grade in the Virginia Beach 
public schools, and Gregory is a 
stockbroker with Paine Webber 
in Norfolk. 

Chester, Vo., has received her 
master's degree from Virginia 
Polytechnic and State University. 
Her major at MBC was in coun- 
selor education. 
denizer writes that she and her 
husband Henry ore enjoying 
their new home in Rockbridge 

son, of Richmond, Vo., has a 


lives in Washington, D.C 

A large group of members of the Class of '83, and present and 
former MBC staff attended the April wedding of Gabby Gelzer 
'83 to Don McCree. 


"'85 BIRTHS 


living in Chapel Hill, N.C., and is 
an Assistant Manager of Talbots 
in Raleigh, N.C. 

and Richard are living in Nor- 
folk, Vo., where Elizabeth is 
working as a flight attendant for 
Piedmont Airlines. Richard is a 
lawyer for the firm of Williams, 
Kelly, and Greer. 


Mint Springs, Va., has accepted 
the position of Assistant Director 
of Development for Foundation 
and Corporate Relations for 
Bridgewater College. 

Richmond, Vo., is teaching 
kindergarten in Chesterfield 


folk, Va., has been elected to the 
Board of Directors of the Sec- 
ond District Women's Political 
Caucus. Her husband Dudley 
Watson is on electrical systems 
design engineer at Analysis and 
Technology, Inc. 

KIM SMITH Wirt and David 
live in Dallas, Tx., where he is a 
sales rep for 3M, and Kim is a 
Clinique cosmetics monager for 
Lord & Taylor. 


Franklin and her husband John 
have moved from Chapel Hill, 
N.C, to Richmond, Vo. John is 
emioyed by McGoldy, Hen- 
drickson and Pullin as a general 
management consultant. Eliz- 
abeth plans to pursue an M.Ed, 
in School Psychology at William 
and Mary College. 
has left Aetna for her true love: 
theatre. She is the assistant 
production manager for Theatre 
Virginia in Richmond. 



son, N.J., has joined the firm of 

Morgan Stanley in New York 



works as on advertising sales rep 
for the Woshingfon Post, and 
although she never thought that 
she would have this kind of job, 
she really enjoys it and feels 
good about it. 

cliffe, of Summerfield, N.C, is 
working as a paralegal for the 
law firm of Brooks, Pierce, Mc- 
Lendon, Humphrey, and 


Those alumnae who have authored or edited 
books, articles, monographs, or plays which have 
been published on any subject are asked to donate 
one or two copies to the Alumnae Association. 
Published musicians are also encouraged to con- 
tribute. Please send your autographed contributions 
and biographical information to Lee Johnston Foster 
75, Executive Director of Alumnae Activities, in the 
Alumnae Office. 

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nent collection of alumnae works in the Martha S. 
Grafton Library. 


• Virgin Islands Air/Sea Yacht Cruise, February 
21-28, 1988. INTRAV. 

• Voyage to Patagonia and Cape Horn, 
Falkland Islands and the Southern Andes, 
March 9-19, 1988. Travel Dynamics. 

• Russia, July 27-August 9, 1988. INTRAV. 

STEPHANIE SHEARER Timm 70 and Neil, a son, Stephen Neil 
Preston, December 23, 1985 

BROOKE HUME Pendleton 71 and husband, o daughter Corbin 
Page, May 13, 1987. 

DEMI ELASSER Wheeler 73 and Scott, a daughter, Jessica Kingery, 
February 18, 1986. 

PENNY ADKINS Guza 76 and Steven, a son, Ashton McDaniel, July 
22, 1987. 

STUART CARTER LEE 77 and Roy Jones, a son. Carter Lomor, July 
30, 1987. 

LYNNE KREGER Frye 79 and Mark Allan, a son, Mark Allan, Feb- 
ruary 21, 1987. 

SUSAN MARTIN Cooley '80 and husband, a son, John Lunsford, May 
17, 1987. 

CLARE SMYTH Swinford '82 and Bill, a son, Robet Lewis, June 9, 1987. 

HARRIET ENGLAND Rhodenizer'83 and Henry, a daughter, Helen 
Corrinan, July 22, 1987 

PAMELA DAVIS Blevins '84 and James, a daughter, Tara Brooke, April 
22, 1987. 


ROSEMERRY McCLINTOCK '71 to Dona Wiley Franks, June 27, 

CAROLINE DIXON 72 to Thomas Robert Bartman, June 13, 1987. 

DEBORAH SPENCE '74 to Roy Amason, November 1, 1986. 

SUSAN MOOMAW '80 to Platte Boyd Moring III, June 27, 1987. 

GABRIELLE GELZER '83 to Donald McCree III, April 4, 1987. 

SUSAN PARKER '83 to John Parr Dreon, August 1, 1987. 

BETH SLUSSER '83 to Gregory Hardwood Hall, July 11, 1987. 

SUSAN VICK '84 to Christopher John Dunn, May 2, 1987. 

AUDREY BONDURANT '85 to George Worthington Barlow III 
August 8, 1987. 

KIMBERLY WRIGHT '86 to Bor^ Joe Ratcliffe, June 13, 1987. 


MANNIE NOTTINGHAM Meors '18, May 27 1987. 
ELEANOR EASTMAN Fenwick, '27 June 18, 1987 
MARY BORDON LEE Lawrence, '34, August 1, 1987. 
MAJORIE BEASLEY Mathews, '38, June U, 1987 
JANE THOMPSON Slocomb, '46, June 3, 1987. 
JEANNE ARNOLD Grant, '52, fall of '86. 
FRANCES CAMPBELL Morton, October 1987. 
VICTORIA HINCKLEY '85, August 21, 1987 





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The Janeites 

by James Lott 

James Lott, Dean of the 
College, won a 1987 
O'Henry award for his 
short story The Janeites. 
Dr. Lott has been with 
MBC for 23 years. He 
graduated from the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee, 
received a Masters from 
Vanderbilt and a Ph.D. 
from the University of 
Wisconsin. He has pub- 
lished fiction in the 
Southern Review, Southern 
Humanities Review, Emrys 
Journal, South Carolina 
Review, and Virginia 
Quarterly Review. 

Copyright © 1986 by The 
Virginia Quarterly Reviezv. 
First appeared in The 
Virginia Quarterly Review. 
Reprinted by permission. 

Mr. Owen is reading Emma, his favorite book. He 
has, in fact, been reviev^'ing it for several days so that 
the details will be fresh in his mind for this afternoon's 
meeting. He has laid the book open on the kitchen 
table, and when he runs across a passage he thinks his 
wife would like, he reads it aloud. 

" 'Human nature is so well disposed towards those 
who are in interesting situations,' " he says, " 'that a 
young person, who either marries or dies, is sure to be 
kindly spoken of. ' You remember this now, don't you. 
Alma? Mr. Elton is going to marry Augusta Hawkins, 
and she'll become Mrs. Elton. I know you'll remember 
her — the odious Mrs. Elton?" 

Alma looks at him for a moment, sets her mouth in a 
tiny O, then looks away. 

"She's the one like Mrs. Salesby," Mr. Owen says. 
"Remember Mrs. Salesby?" 

Mrs. Salesby was a neighbor of theirs years ago, 
whom Alma one day had decided was Mrs. Elton in 
the flesh. A vulgar woman, contemptuous of every- 
one except her family, she possessed a wealthy sister, 
whom no one ever saw but about whom she talked 
constantly. "The people she has working for her," she 
would say. "Why, I really do7t't think she knows how 
many there are, exactly: oh, not that they're number- 
less, of course. You shouldn't think that" (with a 
laugh) "but there are some — in the nether regions, so 
to speak — whom she has never seen. 'They also serve 
who only stand' as Shakespeare said." And Alma's 
eyes would widen with amusement as she listened, 
standing there on the front steps of the house and 
pulling her sweater tightly around her, and in the 
evenings — after their daughters were asleep and they 
had finished the dishes and done whatever reading 
they had — she would sometimes imitate Mrs. 
Salesby; "But my dear, so much money, and all 
in/ii?7ited, of course. Her husband's never earned a 
penny of it, not he\" The odious Mrs. Salesby. 

Mr. Owen looks at his wife: her eyes appear dilated, 
and there is no clear separation between the blue and 
the white. Her eyes are the colors of the Dutch tiles 
lined up on the shelf behind her head, and her white 
hair — chopped short and in straight bangs — makes 
her look like a httle Dutch girl grown suddenly old. 

Mrs. Armstrong, who has been putting dishes in 
the cabinet, comes and stands at the table and holds 

out three pills: one round and white, one white with a 
red band, one orange (shaped. Dr. Sandys observed, 
like a tiny football). Mr. Owen takes the white pill and 
holds it to Alma's mouth, which opens instantly in a 
way which reminds him of the games they played 
when their daughters were children. {Here comes the 
airplane, he or Alma would say. Zoom, zoom! V^here is 
the airport? V/here is the hangar? And Randall, or El- 
eanor, would open her mouth and receive the Cream 
of Wheat, or the single green bean stuck to the prongs 
of the tiny fork.) He places the pill on Alma's tongue 
and holds the glass of water to her lips, and before she 
drinks, her eyes almost focus on him, but then her face 
goes blank again and she swallows. He gives her the 
red and white pill and, as Mrs. Armstrong turns away, 
puts the orange one in his shirt pocket. When he 
touches his wife, she seems to understand who he is. 

"Good girl," Mrs. Armstrong says when she turns 
back to them. ("So well named," Mr. Owen told Alma 
when they hired Mrs. Armstrong and Alma could still 
appreciate some of what he said. "I imagine her in 
front of mirrors, grimace and groan, admiring her own 
biceps.") Now she is a necessary third in their house- 
hold and no longer anyone to laugh at. 

" 'The charming Augusta Hawkins,' " he con- 
tinues, " 'in addition to all the usual advantages of 
perfect beauty and merit, was in possession of an 
independent fortune, of so many thousands as would 
always be called ten.' 'The usual advantages,' " he 
repeats. "A wonderful touch. I've never noticed it 

Later that morning, Mr. Owen sits at the desk in the 
living room, writing a letter to Randall and Eleanor. 
He writes the same message to each, copying each 
paragraph, as he finishes it, from one sheet of station- 
ery to another. "I think your mother still enjoys the' 
reading at breakfast: I'm not so sure about Mrs. Arm-' 
strong. I thought she would leave us over Proust, such: 
clearing of throat and heaving of shoulders. 1 do skip 
passages until I find something your mother might 
enjoy. Perhaps that disturbs Mrs. Armstrong's natural 
sense of continuity, or perhaps it's just impatience. 
She is truly wonderful for us, though. She cooks, 
cleans, even handles your mother's medicine to make 
certain I don't forget. Dr. Sandys insisted on that 
when she came to us. She hoards it up and parcels it 

out like candy." 

He wants to avoid writing about their mother's 
condition. He wants Randall and Eleanor to feel 
cheered by everything he has to say, as if he were 
telling them an interesting story. 

"We are thriving," he writes. "Your mother and I 
have lived together for forty years with very little to 
vex or disturb us." He knows Eleanor will hear the 
echo from Emma — Randall will merely think the 
words sound old-fashioned — but he doesn't write it 
just to give his younger daughter the pleasure of 
recognition. He always tries to think of his life that 
way. He and Alma have had no serious problems — 
minor illnesses, both theirs and their daughters, fi- 
nancial problems in the early 1950's when he decided 
to return to college — but nothing until now has been 
more than temporarily perturbing. "I can still man- 
age," he writes. "I have a firm grip on everything. I 
manage to keep myself occupied." 

He hesitates to mention the Society. To his daugh- 
ters and their husbands — Randall in California, 
Eleanor north and east of there near Helena, Montana 
— the Society seems like very little. "I wish you hadn't 
given up golf," Randall said recently. "There are 
people in Richmond who golf, I know." Her voice 
over the phone is always strident, as if she can't accept 
the 3000 miles between her father and herself and 
wants the fervor of her words to pull him closer. And 
even Eleanor, witty like her mother and yet mild and 
preoccupied, wrote in a letter recently that she was 
happy he enjoyed the Society but didn't he think he 
should get away more? "Once every month," she 
said, and he could feel her attention wandering even 
on the blue note paper. "Only six times a year. That's 
hardly enough to say it's anything." 

He can't think how to tell them that the Society is all 
he wants now, how to confide in them at all, to tell 
them how the diminishing of everything seems right 
to him. Whenever he thinks of his daughters, in fact, 
he is reminded how distant, how unreal, their lives are 
to hhn, how much more vivid the two of them are in 
photographs, Randall behind a huge bouquet of roses 
at the Academy graduation, Eleanor posed over the 
piano keyboard in the den of the house they sold 
fifteen years ago. 

He looks at the two pieces of stationery on the desk 
top. He has written less than half a page, but he can 
think of nothing more to say. He decides that he will 
have more to tell them in the evening, and he folds 
both sheets of paper and slips them into one of the 
pigeon holes at the back of the desk. 
I After lunch, when he is sure Alma is safely in bed, 
■ he leaves the apartment and walks the three blocks to 
j the bus stop. The last block lies beyond the area he is 
I familiar with, but he has the bus schedule in his pocket 
j and knows exactly when he can board and where he 
I will get off, so he is not anxious. Once he gets to the 
Club, he will again be on familiar ground. He thinks of 
himself as moving from island to island, the bus Uke a 

benign ship over which he has to exercise no control. 

At the stop a large unpleasant-looking woman is 
already sitting on the bench. Mr. Owen prepares to 
speak to her, but she glances at him and then shuts her 
eyes. She is wearing a black straw hat and a purple 
dress with a slip strap white against her arm, and she 
is apparently living out an interior scene of some 
consequence to herself, even of some violence, for she 
occasionally bites her lip and sits forward as if she 
wants to say something. Once she speaks — "And Fd 
just like him to try'." — but catches herself before 
saying more, then turns her massive back to Mr. 

When the bus pulls to the curb, he isn't surprised 
that the woman shoves ahead, grabs both metal bars, 
and then heaves herself up the steps as if no one else is 
waiting to board. He tries to think of the name of the 
woman in Persuasion whose substantial size (he can 
almost quote the description) makes her comic even 
when she is weeping for her scapegrace son, but the 
name will not come to him. 

There are two black boys on the bus, young men 
really. One is wearing a cap and the other is wearing a 
felt hat with the front brim turned up. They are sitting 
on the back seat with their radio, a large silver and 
grey box with two round speakers like saucers, be- 
tween them. The volume is so high that the bus seems 
to have room for nothing besides the sound. Mr. 
Owen can tell by the stiff set of the driver's back that he 
will not do anything about the noise. The other people 
on the bus — the fat woman, two younger women, a 
man who looks disreputable despite his coat and tie 
(an unsuccessful salesman, Mr. Owen guesses) — 
cluster near the front. Everyone seems determined to 
pretend the music isn't there. 

Seated, Mr. Owen unfolds the notice of today's 
meeting: it is printed on heavy cream paper with Anna 
Lefroy's drawing of Chawton Cottage at the top. "At 
October's meeting," he reads, "we'll enjoy something 
different, a general discussion of Emma. Come pre- 
pared to speak about any of the characters. We want a 
lively discussion." The notice says that Professor 
Mary Sturm from the University will read a paper. He 
has never heard of Professor Mary Sturm, but he has 
hopes despite her name: her paper is entitled "A 
Defense of Mrs. Elton." Mr. Owen enjoys irony, and 
he looks forward to Professor Sturm's brand. 

He himself has thought of some interesting things 
to say about Mrs. Elton. She has long been a favorite 
villainess of his. When he tries to imagine her now, he 
sees Mrs. Salesby again, and he remembers when 
Alma first saw the resemblance: "I think she must 
have read the book," Alma said. "I think she models 
herself after Mrs. Elton on purpose. She has some 
devious purpose in mind we can't begin to guess at." 
Mr. Owen decides the other members of the Society 
would like to hear about Mrs. Salesby. 

As the bus gets closer to the University, several 
more people get on, but no one gets off. Outside, 

through the windows, the houses grow larger and 
statelier, and he sees people walking, singly or in twos 
or threes, along the sidewalks, in a way they never do 
around his apartment building. Because of the loud 
music on the bus, he imagines the people outside 
walking in silence, or whispering to one another. The 
bus passes the Museum, and he begins to look for the 
Civil War monuments which tell him he is near the 
University. After that, he will be at the Club. He thinks 
of how quiet it will be there. 

When the two boys exit, suddenly and jerkily, dis- 
turbing the old men and the pigeons in the tiny park 
which stretches out from the bus door, the bus seems 
empty and hollow. The boys were not so bad, he 
decides — silly and thoughtless, but not bad. He 
watches them, shoving each other and laughing, until 
the bus moves forward and leaves them behind. 

As he expected, the Club meeting room is quiet. He 
takes a seat on the second row. Only a few members 
are here before him, and he recognizes them all. The 
only other man is Mr. Asquith, whose wife leads him 
into and out of every meeting like a sad, obedient dog. 
Mr. Owen has never heard him speak — though Mrs. 
Asquith is quite vocal — but there is always in his face 
a look of resigned disagreement with everything any- 
one says. Mr. Owen nods to Mrs. Beatty, tightly done 
up today in brown wool with what looks like a cameo 
at her throat, and to Mrs. McAteer, who wiggles her 
fingers beside her cheek in response. He remembers 
that the fat woman in Persuasion is Mrs. Musgrove. 

At the front of the panelled room are a long table 
and a lectern, from the top of which an empty micro- 
phone holder hooks meaninglessly into the air. Mrs. 
Arnold, the day's moderator, comes in a side door 
with a thin woman in red, obviously Professor Mary 
Sturm, and the" two of them stand talking at the table 
while Mrs. Arnold eyes the flexible microphone neck 
with disapproval and Professor Sturm glances down 
at the notebook she has placed on the table top. 

As he looks at Professor Sturm, his enthusiasm for 
the discussion wanes. She is a tall woman with a 
protruding chin. Her dress looks too big for her, and 
her black hair is already falling from the loose twist on 
the back of her head. She looks like someone who 
wouldn't enjoy reading Jane Austen, let alone talking 
about her. 

Most of the other people who begin to fill up the 
room are familiar to him, the sort of people who relish 
the novels they're here to discuss. He wonders what 
Alma would say about Professor Sturm: We should 
really give her a chance, don't you think? Still .... For the 
first few months of his membership he brought Alma 
to the meetings and she was able to understand some 
of what was said. There followed several months 
when, although Alma stayed home, he took notes to 
share with her in the evening. Now he doesn't do that. 

Mrs. Arnold introduces Professor Sturm. "A won- 
derful opportunity," she says, "to hear a true scholar 

share with us her interesting — and I think you will 
find 'provocative' — ideas about Miss Austen." Mrs. 
Arnold clears her throat, as if she wants to say more, 
then pulls the offending neck of the microphone stand 
down and forward. "I know you'll listen eagerly to 
what she has to say." Mr. Owen is reminded of a 
teacher telling her children to be polite. 

When she begins to speak. Professor Sturm pitches 
her voice so low that Mr. Owen has to lean forward 
and cup his hand behind his ear to make out the 
words. She is so clearly uncomfortable that Mr. Owen 
begins to feel sorry for her. He tries to catch her eye so 
that he can nod reassuringly, but she fixes her gaze on 
the paper she is reading. 

As she reads, though, she grows calmer. After some 
introductory comments — how critics have responded 
to Emma — she begins summarizing the plot, and Mr. 
Owen sits back. The material is so familiar to him that 
he needn't pay close attention; he enjoys the sensation 
of being reminded of what he already knows, and he 
begins to feel grateful to the speaker and sorry for his 
first reaction to her. Then, however, without any 
warning, she begins speaking nonsense: "And it is 
this Mrs. Elton who has been universally despised by 
Austen's critics. But is there really any difference in 
the final analysis between Mrs. Elton and any other 
character in the novel? Is she really worse than the 
heroine, in fact? If she violates the norms of the 
society depicted in the novel, isn't it possible that the 
norms, indeed the society, are corrupt and her vio- 
lence against them — depsite her own lack of self- 
knowledge — is justified?" 

Mr. Owen thinks he has misunderstood, for no one 
else looks disturbed. Mrs. Arnold has her eyes fixed 
on something in the back of the room which she seems 
to tind mildly hypnotic. To the left of him Mrs. Beatt) 
plays absent-mindedly with her cameo; to his righl 
Mrs. McAteer is looking at her hands folded in her lap. 

Professor Sturm talks about each character in the 
novel. Everyone according to her, is caught in a vik 
world whose standards of order and taste corrupt anc 
dehumanize. The things she says seem so wrong tc 
Mr. Owen that he tries not to listen: he tries to think O! 
something else instead. But her voice, which has 
grown louder, is as insistent as the music on the bus. 

"And so Mrs. Elton only seems vulgar to a readei 
who identifies him/herself with a landed gentry — anc 
perhaps to that part of Austen attached through rudi 
mentary longing to such a world. But Mrs. Elton's 
vulgarity is, in fact, the energetic challenge to the 
complacency which lulls, which in fact deadens, the 
other characters. She is Austen's clearer self attacking 
a world Austen herself could no longer embrace: £ 
world smug and decadent, ripe for change or death 
no longer attached to any reality outside the minds o, 
snobs." Mr. Owen feels as if the woman has walkec 
directiy up to him and spat in his face. 

When she sits down, there is applause, but when 
Mrs. Arnold asks for questions, no one responds. "Nc 

[questions?" she says. "I can't believe it." She turns to 
Professor Sturm. "They're usually very talkative," she 
says, as if she were discussing a classroom of children. 
"You've given us a lot to think about." Professor 
Sturm smiles in a way which shows she agrees. 

Because someone has to reply, Mr. Owen stands 
up. "I have a question," he says, but he cannot think 
yet exactly what it is. Everyone watches him, and Mr. 
Asquith, still the only other man in the room, smiles 
— surprisingly — as if something pleasant has 

"I don't see how you can believe any of that," Mr. 
Owen thinks at last to say. "We knew someone just 
like Mrs. Elton, and she was rude and loud-mouthed. 
A braggart, that's what she really was. She always had 
to tell us how much better she was than anyone else, 
when all along we knew we were — I know it sounds 
wrong to say this — better than she. I can't describe 
her manners." He pauses, and everyone in the room 
looks at him. He knows they expect a question, but he 
cannot attach his indignation to any idea. His mind 
will not connect anything. "I just wish my wife could 
be here to show you how vulgar she was and how. . . . 
The point is she was just like Mrs. Elton and it matters 
that she not be. . . ." But what should she not be? 
Accepted? Defended? He hasn't said what he wants to 
say. It is something else that matters, something en- 
tirely different. 

"I'm not sure what your question is," Professor 
Sturm says, "but I mn sure that vulgarity isn't as bad as 
it's cracked up to be." She pauses for the laughter her 
remark calls forth, and Mr. Owen realizes everyone is 
grateful to her for relieving the embarrassment he has 
caused. "I'm also sure a life spent merely avoiding 
vulgarity isn't good enough. I think Austen would 
agree with me." 

When he fails to sit down, Mrs. Arnold tells him that 
she has asked for questions and if he has one, she's 
certain Professor Sturm will be happy to respond. She 
adds that Professor Sturm has to leave in a few 
minutes and then the Society members will have a 
general discussion. "Perhaps," she says, "you could 
save your own comments for then." 

"You don't know, do you?" he says. He is speaking 
to Professor Sturm. "You don't know how anything 
you say touches something else, do you? In what 
other people care about? That's my question." Pro- 
fessor Sturm's face has grown blank, as if he has 
committed a blunder she chooses to ignore, and, 
when he looks all around him, the faces of the people 
he knows grow blank also. Their expressions erased, 
they hold their heads shll in the neutral air, waiting. 

The bus ride home is uneventful, and he thinks, not 
about the Society meeting, but about something else, 
like a page from a novel: 

"There's nothing we can do," Dr. Sandys told him. 
"I could send you somewhere, to a neurosurgeon or 
the University hospital, but there's nothing anyone 

can do. She'll get worse, more and more confused. 
There's just nothing. Look," he said. He held a book 
open and showed Mr. Owen a picture. "It's what 
happens in the brain. Here, the synapses allow con- 
nections: little electrical impulses jump back and forth 
and carry signals. Here they can't do that. You can see 

To Mr. Owen both pictures looked hke nothing 
which could be important to him or Alma. They were 
black and white and they depicted what looked like 
coral or fungus, nothing that either he or Alma could 
care about. He could not imagine the picture having 
anything to do with Alma's brain. He could not 
understand how the shredded fungus in the picture 
could mean anything. 

"Here," Dr. Sandys continued. "I'm, giving her 
three prescriptions and some samples. First, a tran- 
quillizer, very mild. This second one is mostly pheno- 
barbitol, to prevent seizures. And this is amitriptyline. 
It's an anti-depressant. Make certain she only has one 
each day: they're very powerful!" He held his palm 
open so that Mr. Owen could look at the oddly shaped 
pill. "Doesn't it remind you of a httle orange football?" 
Mr. Owen drove Alma into the city. There was a 
drugstore which had been there when they were 
children and which had been restored to look the way 
it had then. They sat in wirebacked chairs at a small 
marble topped table and ate ice cream. The smell of the 
drugstore was disinfectant and alcohol, like the doc- 
tor's office. 

"I'm sorry," Alma said. "I feel as if I'm moving in 
and out of the sunHght. It's hard sometimes to re- 
member what things are and what I should do with 

She held up her spoon. "Fork," she said. And they 
both laughed as if she had never in her Hfe said 
anything more clever. 

"She had a restless afternoon," Mrs. Armstrong 
says. "I think she knew you were gone." She puts 
Alma to bed at 8:00 and then goes to her own room, 
and Mr. Owen can hear the sound of her television set 
through the wall. 

When he thinks it is safe, he opens the drawer of the 
sideboard. Under the linen tablecloths, which they no 
longer use, is a small mahogany box, divided into two 
sections, for two decks of cards. Only one side, how- 
ever, contains cards: in the other are several orange 
pills — he counts twenty-two. He has averaged keep- 
ing one out of every three Mrs. Armstrong has given 
him, and he has been building the collection for two 
months, ever since he decided what to do. He drops in 
the twenty-third pill: in less than two more months, 
before Christmas, he will have forty, twenty for Alma 
and twenty for himself. 

He is tired but wants to finish his letter before he 
goes to bed. 

"I had an interesting day," he writes. "I rode the 
bus to the Society meeting: that always makes me feel 

like someone on a boat being taken somewhere nice. 
There was a woman — a large woman, all wrapped up 
in purple like Lent — who reminded me of Mrs. 
Musgrove in Persuasion: I suppose I had Jane Austen 
on my mind. There were two boys on the bus who 
were more active than the rest of us could live up to. 
They reminded me of you girls as children, full of 
noise and mischief. At the meeting a woman from the 
University said some outrageous things, but I think I 
set her straight (not as well as your mother would have 
done, of course). 1 told her about Mrs. Salesby — do 
you remember our old neighbor? — and 1 explained 
how she was like the characters Jane Austen clearly 
despises. I think the University woman saw my point, 
though maybe she was too much like Mrs. Salesby 
herself. Both ven/ vulgar women." 

He hears the footsteps before Alma appears at the 
entrance to the living room. He watches her as she 
goes to the mirror and looks at herself. Then he gets up 
and walks to her side. The two of them in the mirror, 
with the single lamp burning, look very old, older 
than they are. Alma's face is puzzled, and she starts 
making little whimpering noises as she stares at her 

He takes her arm and, when she tries to pull away 
from him, grasps her by the elbow and begins to guide 
her around the room. In a few minutes, he knows, she 
will grow calm and he can take her back to her bed. 

He imagines they are strolling along a sidewalk, 
passing other couples. The sun is shining, but there is 
a cool breeze. Something significant has happened 
which they do not yet understand, and the two of 
them are enjoying a well-deserved rest. They lean 
towards each other and whisper. Their conversation 
probes the meaning of whatever it is they have experi- 
enced, and through their talk they begin to see the 
pattern in what has occurred. When they tire of walk- 
ing, they will go into one of the stately houses set back 
from the street on green lawns. He imagines that the 
rooms will be white with high ceilings: he cannot 
imagine any furniture, or any sound. The rooms will 
be very quiet, empty like the pages at the ends of all 
the books they have ever read. He realizes that he 
yearns for the emptiness. 

As Alma's restlessness subsides, she begins touch- 
ing everything they pass — the roll-top desk, the back 
of the wing chair, the arms of the sofa. Then, as he 
leads her out of the room, she opens and closes her 
hand along the smooth wall, as if there might be 
something there to clutch. 

The Heritage Society 

A Tradition of Stewardship 

From year to year non-profit organizations in America 

become the beneficiaries of literally billions of dollars 

through the thoughtful bequests 

of individuals. The American Cancer Society, 

The American Red Cross, Easter Seals 

and even Mary Baldwin College 

are some of the more notable beneficiaries 

of charitable bequests. 

Since the inception of the Heritage Society 

to recognize Mary Baldwin College donors 

who have made planned gift arrangements 

or have made the College a beneficiary in their will, 

our College has received thousands of dollars. Those dollars 

have touched virtually every aspect 

of the College's programs from scholarships 

to computer acquisitions. Many times in the recent past 

any "extras" that have benefited our students and faculty 

were made possible through these magnanimous gifts. 

Recently Mary Baldwin College received the largest 

single bequest in the history 

of this outstanding institution. The donor, 

a former school teacher and member of the Class of 1925, 

Charlene Madison Kiracofe, has left to the College 

an estate valued at over one million dollars 

including her Alexandria, Virginia residence 

located in historic "Old Town." The ramifications 

of her gift to Mary Baldwin are countless 

in the sense that every student, every faculty member, 

virtually every visitor to this campus 

will feel the impact and witness tangibly, 

the results of the application of those funds 

into scholarships, renovations, and acquisitions. 

In honor of Charlene Madison Kiracofe, 

formation of The Kiracofe Associates of the 

Heritage Society has been recommended in 

order to recognize the College's benefactors 

once the proceeds from their 

estate have been received by the College 

as beneficiary of their will. 

This is a small tribute for such a great investment 

in tomorrow's leaders. 

For more information on wills, trusts, estate 
and financial planning, contact Garth A. Mills, Sr., CFRE, 
Executive Director of College Development at 703-887-7011.